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Laurence A. “Larry” Moran
Worked at University of Toronto
Attended Carleton University (Ottawa)
Lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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Do Intelligent Design Creationists still think junk DNA refutes ID?
I'm curious about whether Intelligent Design Creationists still think their prediction about junk DNA has been confirmed. Here's what Stephen Meyer wrote in Darwin's Doubt (p. 400). The noncoding regions of the genome were assumed to be nonfunctional detrit...
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What does a person's genome reveal about their ethnicity and their appearance?
If you knew the complete genome sequence of someone could you tell where they came from and their ethnic background (race)? The answer is confusing according to Siddhartha Mukherjee writing in his latest book "The Gene: an intimate history." The answer appe...
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Evolution according to "New Scientist"
A recent editorial in the magazine New Scientist caught my eye. The title is "Long Live Evolution" and it offers support for "new ideas" about evolution. The online version is titled Darwin’s beautiful theory must itself be allowed to evolve . The author is...
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Tim Minchin's "Storm," the animated movie, and another no-so-good Minchin cartoon
I've mentioned this before but it bears repeating. If you haven't listened to "Storm" then you are in for a treat because now you can listen AND watch. If you've heard it before, then hear it again. The message never gets old. A word of caution. Minchin may...
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John Oliver teaches us to be skeptical of scientific publications
We all know that the purpose of education should be to teach students how to think critically. We're not doing a very good job. Take biochemistry, for example. We spend a lot of time transferring information from lecture notes to student notes and then exam...
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Fun and games with Otangelo Grasso about photosynthesis
Otangelo Grasso just posted another one of his screeds. This time it's on photosynthesis . All of his "essays' conform to the same pattern. He looks for some complex set of biochemical reactions, usually in complex animals, then claims that it couldn't poss...
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New Trends in Evolutionary Biology: The Program
I'm going to London next November to attend The Royal Society conference on New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives . This is where all the scientists who want to change evolution will be gathering to sp...
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Can scientists describe what they're doing to a fifth grader?
I'm working on a review of "The Gene" by Siddhartha Mukhejee. It raises a huge number of issues about science writing and the conflict between producing a bestseller and educating the public about science. As part of the research for that blog post I've bee...
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University of Toronto press release distorts conclusions of RNA paper
My colleague, Ben Blencowe, just published a paper ... Sharma, E., Sterne-Weiler, T., O’Hanlon, D., and Blencowe, B.J. (2016) Global Mapping of Human RNA-RNA Interactions. Molecular Cell, [ doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.04.030 ] ABSTRACT (Summary) The majority...
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Research for a book
I'm on sabbatical this term, working on a possible book whose working title is "What's in Your Genome: 90% of your genome is junk." Here's some of the most important books I've read (or re-read) in the past few months. I've also read a lot of papers and scr...
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The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology revisits junk DNA
The Enclyopedia of Evolutionary Biology is a four volume set of articles by leading evolutionary biologists. An online version is available at ScienceDirect . Many universities will have free access. I was interested in what they had to say about junk DNA a...
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Theme: Genealogy
Monday, April 11, 2016 My DNA ancestry I sent a DNA sample off to ancestry.com a few weeks ago and here are the results. Monday, November 30, 2015 Celebrating Lucy Maud Montgomery Today Google celebrates the birthday of Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30, 18...
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I'm a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto interested in biochemistry, molecular evolution, and science education. I'm one of the authors of "Principles of Biochemistry" (5th edition)—one of the leading introductory college biochemistry textbooks.
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  • Carleton University (Ottawa)
    Biology, 1964 - 1968
  • Princeton University
    Biochemistry, 1968 - 1974
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