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Laurence A. “Larry” Moran
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Jonathan Wells talks about junk DNA
Watch this video. It dates from this year. Almost everything Wells says is either false or misleading. Why? Is he incapable of learning about genomes, junk DNA, and evolutionary theory?

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Some of my former students
Some of my former students were able to come to my retirement reception yesterday: Sean Blaine (left), Anna Gagliardi, Marc Perry.

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Hot slash buns
I love hot "cross" buns but now we buy the atheist version.

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I retired after 39 years and they gave me an old used book
... but it was a rather special book ...

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John Mattick still claims that most lncRNAs are functional
Most of the human genome is transcribed at some time or another in some tissue or another. The phenomenon is now known as pervasive transcription . Scientists have known about it for almost half a century. At first the phenomenon seemed really puzzling sinc...

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On the evolution of duplicated genes: subfunctionalization vs neofunctionalization
New genes can arise by gene duplication. These events are quite common on an evolutionary time scale. In the current human population, for example, there are about 100 examples of polymorphic gene duplications. These are cases where some of us have two copi...

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Austin Hughes and Neutral Theory
Austin Hughes (1949 - 2015) died a few years ago. He was one of my favorite evolutionary biologists. Chase Nelson has written a nice summary of Hughes' work at: Austin L. Hughes: The Neutral Theory of Evolution . It's worth reading the first few pages if yo...

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I coulda been an astronomer
A long time ago I used to belong to the Royal Astronomical Society (amateur astronomers) in Ottawa (Canada). That's me on the right with some of my friends. We were testing our sun filters and getting ready to see Venus when the sun went down. In spite of t...

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June 6, 1944
Today is anniversary of D-Day—the day British, Canadian, and American troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. 1 For baby boomers it means a day of special significance for our parents. In my case, it was my father who took part in the invasions. That's hi...

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Stephen Meyer "predicts" there's no junk DNA
Here's an interview with Stephen Meyer on the Evolution 2.0 website: Stephen Meyer Debates Perry Marshall – Intelligent Design vs. Evolution 2.0 . I'm posting some remarks by Stephen Meyer in order to preserve them for posterity. Meyer should know by now th...
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