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Laurence A. “Larry” Moran
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Sloppiness in translation initiation
There are two competing worldviews in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. The distinction was captured a few years ago by Laurence Hurst commenting on pervasive transcription when he said, "So there are two models; one, the world is messy and ...

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Did Rosalind Franklin produce the first X-ray diffraction images of DNA?
There's an interesting video of ten famous women scientists at Interesting S_Word : [ Top 10 Female Scientists of History ]. The image of Rosalind Franklin caught my eye (see right). Perhaps I'm nitpicking but fake news is all the rage these days so I think...

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Dan Graur explains junk DNA
If you want to be a serious participant in the debate over junk DNA then you should watch this video. Dan Graur presents the standard arguments for junk DNA—most of which have been around for decades. He also destroys the main arguments against junk DNA. Yo...

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ENCODE workshop discusses function in 2015
A reader directed me to a 2015 ENCODE workshop with online videos of all the presentations [ From Genome Function to Biomedical Insight: ENCODE and Beyond ]. The workshop was sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Md (USA). T...

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Darwin Day 2017
Today is Darwin Day but I'm too busy with other things to write a new post in his honor. So here's a post from 2007 (slightly updated) to help you enjoy the day. Today is the birthday of the greatest scientist who ever lived. When you visit Darwin's home (D...

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What did ENCODE researchers say on Reddit?
ENCODE researchers answered a bunch of question on Reddit a few days ago. I asked them to give their opinion on how much junk DNA is in our genome but they declined to answer that question. However, I think we can get some idea about the current thinking in...

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NIH and UCSF ENCODE researchers are on Reddit right now!
Check out Science AMA Series: We’re Drs. Michael Keefer and James Kobie, infectious ... . (Thanks to Paul Nelson for alerting me to the discussion.) Here's part of the introduction ... Yesterday NIH announced its latest round of ENCODE funding, which includ...

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A philosopher tells us how to think clearly about evolutionary causes ... avoid adaptationism
I think philosophy has lost its way. The discipline gives credence to religious philosophers who write about god(s) and to other philosophers who reject determinism and think the mind-body problem is still an open question. Philosophers still debate the val...

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Imagine No Religion 7 (Toronto, June 2-4, 2017)


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Ricky Gervais explains atheism
Watch Ricky Gervais explain atheism to Stephen Colbert. I like his explanation of the difference between science and religion. In fact, I like it so much I'm going to embellish it a bit and present it here ... Imagine what would happen after a giant meteor ...
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