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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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What the heck is epigenetics?
"Epigenetics" is the (relatively) new buzzword. Old-fashioned genetics is boring so if you want to convince people (and grant agencies) you're on the frontlines of research you have to say you're working on epigenetics. Even better, you can tell them that y...
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Birth and death of genes in a hybrid frog genome
De novo genes 1 are quite rare but genome duplications are quite common. Sometimes the duplicated regions contain genes so the new genome contains two copies of a gene that was formerly present in only one copy. "Common" in this sense means on a scale of mi...
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Save the date!!! Michael Lynch is coming to Toronto
Michael Lynch is giving a seminar next week on Friday, January 13, 2017 in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. The title is: Mutation, Drift, and the Origin of Subcellular Features . The talk is at 3PM in the Earth Sc...
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You MUST read this paper if you are interested in evolution
A reader alerted me to a paper that was just published in BMC Biology. 1 The author is Eugene Koonin . He makes the case for neutral evolution (random genetic drift) and against adaptationism. You may not agree with his take on evolutionary theory but you b...
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The most popular <i>Sandwalk</i> post of 2016
My most popular post last year was: An Intelligent Design Creationist disputes the evolution of citrate utilization in the LTEE ... Lenski responds . It had almost 20,000 views and 227 comments. The article discussed a paper by Intelligent Design Creationis...
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The dynamic duo tell us about five problems with evolution
Here's a link to a remarkable radio interview with Stephen Meyer and Doug Axe. The subject is the Royal Society meeting last November on New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives . The theme is not Intelli...
Here's a link to a remarkable radio interview with Stephen Meyer and Doug Axe. The subject is the Royal Society meeting last November on New...
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Genetic variation in the human population
With a current population size of over 7 billion, the human population should contain a huge amount of genetic variation. Most of it resides in junk DNA so it's of little consequence. We would like to know more about the amount of variation in functional re...
With a current population size of over 7 billion, the human population should contain a huge amount of genetic variation. Most of it resides...
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Do seahorses evolve faster?
Genome sequencing is becoming so routine that it's difficult to publish your new genome sequence in a top journal. The trick is to find something unique and exciting about your genome so you can attract the attention of the leading journals. The latest succ...
Genome sequencing is becoming so routine that it's difficult to publish your new genome sequence in a top journal. The trick is to find some...
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The exit exam for biochemistry and molecular biology students
I'm a big fan of teaching fundamental concepts and principles and a big fan of teaching critical thinking. I think the most effective way of accomplishing these objectives is some form of student-centered learning. As I near the end of my teaching career, I...
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The <i>Edge</i> question 2017
Every year John Brockman asks his stable of friends an interesting question. Brockman is a literary agent and most of the people who respond are clients of his. (I want to be one.) The question and responses are posted on his website Edge . This year's ques...
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Intelligent Design Creationists reveal their top story of 2016
Yesterday I posted an article on: Creationists list the top ten stories of 2016 . Some of you may have noticed that there were only nine stories. That's because Evolution News & Views didn't post their top story until today. I was pretty sure what it would ...
Yesterday I posted an article on: Creationists list the top ten stories of 2016 . Some of you may have noticed that there were only nine sto...
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Introduction
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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