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The President and Vice-President arrive in Boston

By [email protected] (Laurence A. Moran) There’s a shuttle bus that runs between my hotel in Boston and the convention center where Experimental Biology takes place. I went down to the hotel lobby this morning to catch the shuttle bus. The first clue that something was amiss was the four policemen in their yellow jackets sitting…

Interdisciplinary Research

By [email protected] (Laurence A. Moran) I’m at the Experimental Biology meetings in Boston and yesterday I dropped into a session on “Training the Mind of an Interdisciplinary Scientist.” There were talks on how to resolve disputes among member of the interdisciplinary team, and on how to choose a problem that your customers want solved (from…

Plant biologists are confused about the meanings of junk DNA and genes

By [email protected] (Laurence A. Moran) A recent issue of Nature contains a report on plant micro-RNAs (Lauressergues et al., 2015). The authors found that certain genes for plant micro-RNAs encoded short peptides in the micro-RNA presursors and those peptides seemed to have a biological function. What this means is that part of the longer precursor…

Student essays about evolution

By [email protected] (Laurence A. Moran) Student in my molecular evolution course have to write an essay. They can pick any topic they like as long as it’s related to evolution and some controversy in the scientific literature. I have to approve the topic. The idea is that the students have to critically evaluate both sides…

Another successful prediction of Intelligent Desing Creationism?

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Quantifying the “central dogma”

By [email protected] (Laurence A. Moran) There was a short article in a recent issue of Science that caught my eye. The title was ” » Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Sandwalk

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Mary Lyon (1925 – 2014)

By [email protected] (Laurence A. Moran) Mary Lyon died on Christmas day last December. She was 89 years old. She was a famous mouse geneticist who spend most of her working career at the MRC labs in Harwell, United Kingdom (near Oxford). The labs are known as an international center for mouse genetics. Mary Lyon is…

On the handedness of DNA

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Conrad Black attacks the shabby, shallow world of the militant, atheist

By [email protected] (Laurence A. Moran) Conrad Black, also known as Baron Black of Crossharbour, KSG, was stimulated by a conversation with Christian apologist, and physicist, John Lennox. Black decided to write a column for the National Post (Toronto, Canada): Conrad Black: The shabby, shallow world of the militant atheist. Richard Dawkins tweeted …Conrad Black Read…

How the genome lost its junk according to John Parrington

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