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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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A philosopher's view of random genetic drift
Random genetic drift is a process that alters allele frequencies within a population. The change is due to "random" events. It differs from natural selection where the change is due to selection for alleles that confer selective advantage on the reproductiv...
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Can we ever know if god exists?
A recent issue of New Scientist (Sept. 3-9) is billed as "The Metaphysics Issue: How science answers philosophy's deepest questions." This is probably not going to make philosophers happy. Several of the articles are devoted to the "big questions." Accordin...
A recent issue of New Scientist (Sept. 3-9) is billed as "The Metaphysics Issue: How science answers philosophy's deepest questions." This ...
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An Anglican says that science and religion don't conflict
Are you surprised to hear a religious person say that science and religion are not in conflict? Of course you aren't. That's just what you expect religious people to say. Why in the world would Nature publish an article where an Anglican makes such a claim?...
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No doubt because someone on their editorial staff or on their Board of Directors is a compatibilist.

I really hate compatibilists.

Not quite as much as I detest young-Earth creationists, but close.
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How many lncRNAs are functional: can sequence comparisons tell us the answer?
A large percentage of the human genome is transcribed at some time or another during development. The vast majority of those transcripts are very rare transcripts that look very much like spurious products of accidental transcription initiation at sequences...
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Understanding Michael Behe's edge of evolution
It's been about twenty years since Intelligent Design Creationism rose to prominence. Just last week the Center for Science and Culture celebrated it's 20th birthday [ Twenty Years Ago Today, Did This Change the Evolution Debate Forever? ]. In all that time...
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When will Behe and his followers understand the statements and numbers being used? The answer is never. They are confirming their own bias and will ignore anything that goes against the bias.
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Twenty "sciencey" questions for Trump and Clinton
ScienceDebate.org is a group that wants a "science" debate between Presidential candidates in the upcoming American election. That's not going to happen so the next best thing is to demand that the candidates answer their 20 questions about Science, Enginee...
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A theology student doesn't like Jerry Coyne's book <i>Faith vs. Fact</i>
A theology student named Derrick has written a review of Jerry Coyne's book Faith vs. Fact . He didn't like it very much. (Duh!) You can read his review at: Jerry Coyne, Faith Vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible . Before reading that review,...
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Ten adaptationist stories about recent human evolution
Does this video contribute to the general understanding and appreciation of science? Blond hair: PROBABLY FALSE ADAPTATION Lactose tolerance: PROBABLY A TRUE ADAPTATION Eating wheat: PROBABLY FALSE ADAPTATION Losing wisdom teeth: PROBABLY FALSE ADAPTATION S...
Does this video contribute to the general understanding and appreciation of science? Blond hair: PROBABLY FALSE ADAPTATION Lactose toler...
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Atheism is a catastrophe for science according to Michale Egnor
Michael Egnor doesn't like atheists. He got a bit upset about a recent post by PZ Myers so he responded on Evolution News & Views (sic) with: Atheism Is a Catastrophe for Science . Modern theoretical science arose only in the Christian milieu. Roger Bacon, ...
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"The Soul of the Matter"
Meet Bruce Buff . He's a big fan of the Discovery Institute as he explains in this video. Bruce Buff has written a novel (fiction) called The Soul of the Matter . The Intelligent Design Creationists are all over it. So far they've put up two posts advertisi...
Meet Bruce Buff . He's a big fan of the Discovery Institute as he explains in this video. Bruce Buff has written a novel (fiction) calle...
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Splice variants of the human triose phosphate isomerase gene: is alternative splicing real?
Triose phosphate isomerase (TIM) is one of the enzymes in the gluconeogenesis pathway leading to the synthesis of glucose from simple precursors. It also plays a role in the degradation of glucose (glycolysis). The enzyme catalyzes the following reaction .....
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Do you believe what's written in the introduction to this paper?
I came across this paper while doing research on alternative splicing. The introduction annoyed me. It illustrates what to my mind are some serious problems with modern scholarship. Scotti, M.M. and Swanson, M.S. (2016) RNA mis-splicing in disease. Nature R...
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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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