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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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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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Don't call it "The Theory of Evolution"
By now, we all know that a "theory" in science is much more than idle speculation, a point that has been made repeatedly over the past century. With respect to evolution, the most famous essay is by Stephen Jay Gould: " Evolution as Fact and Theory " and th...
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My DNA ancestry
I sent a DNA sample off to ancestry.com a few weeks ago and here are the results. Ancestry has a peculiar way of identifying haplotypes. When they say "Ireland," they mean Ireland and Scotland. 1 When they say Great Britain, they mean that they don't distin...
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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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Proponents of the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (EES) explain their logic using the Central Dogma as an example
There's a group of biologists who think that the current version of evolutionary theory is insufficient. They want to create an extended evolutionary synthesis that incorporates evo-devo, plasticity, niche construction, evolvability, epigenetics, and other ...
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Templeton gives $8 million to prove that there's more to evolution than natural selection
The Templeton Foundation will fund a group of researchers who promote something called "The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis" (EES). The grant is for $8 million (US). The project is headed by Kevin N, Laland of the University of St. Andrews (Scotland, UK) an...
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Georgi Marinov reviews two books on junk DNA
The December issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach has a review of two books on junk DNA. The reviewer is Georgi Marinov, a name that's familiar to Sandwalk readers. He is currently working with Michael Lynch at Indiana University in Bloomington, India...
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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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