Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $13,600
16%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 16% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: genome

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • New Dog Genome Research Nixes Evolutionary Paradigm

    05/13/2014 9:04:34 AM PDT · by fishtank · 35 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | May 2014 | Jeffrey Tomkins PhD
    New Dog Genome Research Nixes Evolutionary Paradigm by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * Evolutionists are desperate to find genomic evidence proving Darwinian ideas about natural selection and evolution. One of the chief areas where they have searched for such evidence is in the canine (dog) genome, by studying the DNA of both domestic and wild dogs. The basic paradigm describing the domestication of dogs is typically proposed as a two-phase process.1 In the first part, it is believed that dogs were originally taken from the wild as wolves by early humans who selected and bred different varieties that were useful for...
  • Are Richard III's secrets about to be revealed?

    02/12/2014 3:04:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2-12-14 | Harry Mount
    What a treat for all medieval historians! More than 500 years after he was killed, the skeleton of Richard III is giving them much more reliable biographical information than they acquired over the previous half a millennium. Henry VII, his successor, and opponent at Bosworth, encouraged his court historians to produce a warped picture of Richard. Thank God, then, for the miraculous discovery of his body in a Leicester car park in 2012, and the undeniable truths it provided. Analysis of his skeleton showed the king didn’t have a hunchback exactly; he suffered from scoliosis of the spine, meaning his...
  • Breakthrough study overturns theory of 'junk DNA' in genome

    12/15/2013 5:16:23 PM PST · by Dark Knight · 62 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Alok Jha
    Long stretches of DNA previously dismissed as "junk" are in fact crucial to the way our genome works, an international team of researchers said on Wednesday.
  • Cholera is Altering the Human Genome

    07/04/2013 4:06:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 3 July 2013 | Mitch Leslie
    Enlarge Image Laid low. A cholera ward in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a country where nearly half the people are infected with the cholera bacterium by age 15. Credit: Mark Knobil/Creative Commons Cholera kills thousands of people a year, but a new study suggests that the human body is fighting back. Researchers have found evidence that the genomes of people in Bangladesh—where the disease is prevalent—have developed ways to combat the disease, a dramatic case of human evolution happening in modern times. Cholera has hitchhiked around the globe, even entering Haiti with UN peacekeepers in 2010, but the disease's heartland is...
  • World's Oldest Genome Sequenced From 700,000-Year-Old Horse DNA

    06/28/2013 8:13:52 AM PDT · by null and void · 38 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 26, 2013 | Jane J. Lee
    Well-preserved specimen pushes back the timing of modern horse evolution. A group of Przewalski's horses, once considered extinct in the wild. Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic Photograph courtesy D.G. Froese via Nature DNA shines a light back into the past, showing us things that fossils can't. But how far back can that light extend? Some of the oldest DNA sequences come from mastodon and polar bear fossils about 50,000 and 110,000 years old, respectively. But a new study published online today in the journal Nature reports the latest in the push for recovering ever more ancient DNA sequences. Samples...
  • A Book Review and Summary of John C. Sanfor's Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome

    06/10/2013 8:02:28 AM PDT · by kimtom · 7 replies
    www.apologeticspress.org ^ | june 1, 2013 | Joe Deweese, Ph.D.
    Dr. John Sanford is a plant geneticist and inventor who conducted research at Cornell University for more than 25 years. He is best known for significant contributions to the field of transgenic crops, including the invention of the biolistic process (“gene gun”). Like many in his profession, he was fully invested in what he terms the “Primary Axiom” of modern science, namely that “man is merely the product of random mutations plus natural selection” (Sanford, 2008, p. v, italics in orig.). He argues that this cornerstone of modern Darwinism is almost universally accepted and rarely, if ever, questioned. In Genetic...
  • "This is the Way God Made Me"--A Scientific Examination of Homosexuality and the "Gay Gene"

    06/06/2013 5:22:59 AM PDT · by kimtom · 68 replies
    www.apologeticspress.org ^ | Aug 1 2004 | Dave Miller, Ph.D., Dave Miller, Ph.D.
    The trumpets were left at home and the parades were canceled. The press releases and campaign signs were quietly forgotten. The news was big, but it did not contain what some had hoped for. On April 14, 2003, the International Human Genome Consortium announced the successful completion of the Human Genome Project—two years ahead of schedule. The press report read: “The human genome is complete and the Human Genome Project is over” (see “Human Genome Report...,” 2003, emp. added). Most of the major science journals reported on the progress in the field of genetics, but also speculated on how the...
  • Marin Environmentalist Claims Recreating Extinct Species Is Possible [ No more endangered species! ]

    02/28/2013 7:32:53 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | Feb 28 2013 | cbslocal.com
    LONG BEACH (CBS SF) – Speaking from the prestigious TED Conference in Long Beach Wednesday, Sausalito activist Stewart Brand said scientists are developing the ability to reassemble an extinct animal’s genome, and even recreate the animal itself. Brand, who gained fame after he campaigned to have the original NASA space photos of earth published, and subsequently created the Whole Earth Catalog, said Wednesday that “de-extinction” could be used to help restore organisms and habitats damaged human activity, according to a report in the Marin Independent Journal. A team of Harvard geneticists are currently working to bring back the passenger pigeon,...
  • Whole genome sequencing better at tracing TB outbreaks than standard test

    02/14/2013 2:26:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | February 13, 2013 | NA
    A new form of genetic testing of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis can provide better information on TB transmission and also trace TB outbreaks more accurately than the current standard test, according to a study from Germany published in this week's PLOS Medicine. A team of researchers led by Stefan Niemann from Forschungszentrum Borstel, Molecular Mycobacteriology, compared the results of the two types of tests on 86 M. tuberculosis isolates from a TB outbreak in the German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein between 1997 and 2010, in which 2301 people were diseased in the study period. They found that the...
  • New Technology Reveals More Genome Complexity (article)

    01/29/2013 8:58:24 AM PST · by fishtank · 13 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | January 23, 2013 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    New Technology Reveals More Genome Complexity by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * A new type of DNA sequencing technology has been developed and used to identify and characterize key regions of the genome called "enhancer" sequences.1 These are novel DNA features that were once thought to be a part of the so-called "junk DNA" regions of the genome. These key elements are now proven to be part of the indispensable and irreducibly complex design inherent to proper gene function for all types and categories of genes. The new technology described in this report is called STARR-seq, or "self-transcribing active regulatory region...
  • Genomes link aboriginal Australians to Indians

    01/15/2013 10:52:22 AM PST · by Theoria · 31 replies
    Nature ^ | 14 Jan 2013 | Ed Yong
    Mingling of genes four millennia ago suggests continent was not isolated after all. Some aboriginal Australians can trace as much as 11% of their genomes to migrants who reached the island around 4,000 years ago from India, a study suggests. Along with their genes, the migrants brought different tool-making techniques and the ancestors of the dingo, researchers say1.This scenario is the result of a large genetic analysis outlined today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1. It contradicts a commonly held view that Australia had no contact with the rest of the world between the arrival of the...
  • The Human Genome Is Far More Complex Than Scientists Thought

    09/06/2012 4:26:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 09/06/2012 | Jamie Condliffe
    For the past decade, scientists have been working on the assumption that 20,000 genes, less than 2 percent of the total genome, underpin human biology. But a massive international project called ENCODE has just revealed that plenty of the remaining 98 percent, once tossed aside as "junk DNA", is in fact incredibly important. In fact, the project—known more formally as the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements—reveals that 80 percent of that "junk DNA" is biochemically active. Add to that the fact that large stretches of DNA that appeared to serve no purpose actually contain over 400,000 regulators that help activate or...
  • New Chromosome Research Undermines Human-Chimp Similarity Claims

    08/05/2010 1:51:06 PM PDT · by lasereye · 76 replies
    Institution for Creation Research ^ | Apr 1, 2010 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D., & Brian Thomas, M.S.
    A recent high-profile article in the journal Nature released the results of a study with implications that shocked the scientific community because they contradict long-held claims of human-chimp DNA similarity.1 A previous Acts & Facts article showed that much of the research surrounding the often touted claims of 98 percent (or higher) DNA similarity between chimps and humans has been based on flawed and biased research.2 The problem is that the similarity has been uncertain because no one has performed an unbiased and comprehensive DNA similarity study until now. And the results are not good news for the story of...
  • Beefburger from cloned cow? It is time to question that "Man is the measure of all things"

    05/18/2012 8:19:31 AM PDT · by se99tp · 8 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 18th, 2012 | Dr John Hodges
    Many now take up the theme of the religious leaders in calling for ethical behaviour based upon transcendent values in the public place and in the market and for government regulations based upon these ancient human values. We frequently hear from secular leaders in all areas of life including a few top scientists, for example, astrophysicist Professor Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society and Master of Trinity College Cambridge, that Payback Time has already begun and it may be too late to change (Rees, 2003). We are on a course of self-destruction. The threats we create come from human...
  • iDisease

    03/18/2012 9:15:30 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 17, 2012 | MAYRAV SAAR
    For years, Alexis Beery, 15, relied on daily doses of an incredibly potent inhalant and injections of adrenaline just to stay alive. Now she and her similarly sick twin brother, Noah, have gone from racing to the ER on a regular basis to racing to high-school track and volleyball practice — thanks to treatment designed specifically for their unique genetic makeup. Gene-specific treatments have been used for years for a handful of diseases. Women with breast cancer who are found to carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation, for instance, can undergo a regimen tailored for that specific gene mutation....
  • Black death DNA unravelled (Genetic code of 'mother' of deadly bubonic plague reassembled)

    10/13/2011 1:35:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/12/2011
    Scientists used the degraded strands to reconstruct the entire genetic code of the deadly bacterium. It is the first time experts have succeeded in drafting the genome of an ancient pathogen, or disease-causing agent. The researchers found that a specific strain of the plague bug Yersinia pestis caused the pandemic that killed 100 million Europeans - between 30 per cent and 50 per cent of the total population - in just five years between 1347 and 1351. They also learned that the strain is the "mother" of all modern bubonic plague bacteria. "Every outbreak across the globe today stems from...
  • Christian Professor Claims Genetics Disproves Historical Adam

    08/27/2011 10:07:19 AM PDT · by fishtank · 142 replies · 1+ views
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 8-26-11 | Brian Thomas
    National Public Radio recently interviewed Trinity Western University biologist Dennis Venema, who stated his belief that humans did not descend from Adam and Eve.1 Venema, an evangelical evolutionist, claimed that genetics studies show "there is no way we can be traced back to a single couple."2 Do the data really contradict the biblical account of human history? "Given the genetic variation of people today, [Venema] says scientists can't get that [starting] population size below 10,000 people at any time in our evolutionary history," NPR reported.2 But this claim fails for three reasons. First, it relies on the presumption of "evolutionary...
  • Atheist Christopher Hitchens turns to evangelical Christian doctor in his fight against cancer

    03/28/2011 1:05:51 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 26 2011 | Simon Neville
    The last person you might expect Christopher Hitchens, one of the world’s best known atheists, to turn to for help would be an evangelical Christian. But a highly religious doctor might be the only individual who can help the author and journalist who is suffering from cancer. Hitchens, author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything...
  • Genome of extinct Siberian cave-dweller linked to modern-day humans

    12/23/2010 10:27:59 AM PST · by LucyT · 26 replies · 2+ views
    EurekaAlert.org ^ | 22-Dec-2010 | Bobbie Mixon, National Science Foundation
    Sequencing of ancient DNA reveals new hominin population that is neither Neanderthal nor modern human Researchers have discovered evidence of a distinct group of "archaic" humans existing outside of Africa more than 30,000 years ago at a time when Neanderthals are thought to have dominated Europe and Asia. But genetic testing shows that members of this new group were not Neanderthals, and they interbred with the ancestors of some modern humans who are alive today. Until last year, the mainstream view in genetics was that modern humans inherited essentially their entire DNA makeup from Neanderthal-related individuals when they migrated from...
  • Ancient Virus Found Hiding Out in Finch Genome

    10/02/2010 11:21:25 AM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | 28 September 2010 | Cassandra Willyard
    Enlarge Image Buried gem. Researchers have uncovered "fossil virus" inside the zebra finch genome. Credit: Peripitus/Wikimedia The hepatitis B virus and its ilk have been around for a long, long time. A newly uncovered "viral fossil" buried deep in the genome of the zebra finch indicates that the hepatitis B family of viruses—known as hepadnaviruses—originated at least 19 million years ago. Together with recent findings on other viruses, the work suggests that all viruses may be much older than thought. No one knows exactly where or when viruses originated. They don't leave fossils, so scientists have begun scouring the...
  • Genes set Jews apart, study finds (European Jews Descended from Ancient Roman Converts?)

    06/10/2010 9:08:00 AM PDT · by GOPGuide · 105 replies · 646+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 3, 2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II
    The Jewish people, according to archaeologists, originated in Babylon and Persia between the 4th and 6th centuries BC. The modern-day Jews most closely related to that original population are those in Iran, Iraq and Syria, whose closest non-Jewish relatives are the Druze, Bedouins and Palestinians, the study found. Sometime in that period, the Middle Eastern and European Jews diverged and the European branch began actively proselytizing for converts. At the height of the Roman Empire, about 10% of the empire's population was Jewish, although the bulk of them were converts. Some Khazars were also incorporated during this period. "That explains...
  • 'Artificial life' Breakthrough

    05/20/2010 2:52:10 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 20 replies · 567+ views
    BBC ^ | 16:52 GMT, Thursday, 20 May 2010 | Victoria Gill
    Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first synthetic living cell. "This is the first time any synthetic DNA has been in complete control of a cell," said Dr Venter.The researchers constructed a bacterium's "genetic software" and transplanted it into a host cell. The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species "dictated" by the synthetic DNA. The advance, published in Science, has been hailed as a scientific landmark, but critics say there are dangers posed by synthetic organisms. The researchers copied an existing bacterial genome. They sequenced its genetic code and then used "synthesis machines" to...
  • US team creates first 'synthetic life' (bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome)

    05/20/2010 11:45:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 951+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/10 | Jean-Louis Santini
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US researchers have developed the first bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome, in a breakthrough which may pose philosophical and scientific questions about the bid to recreate life. "This is the first synthetic cell that's been made," said lead researcher Craig Venter, as the discovery was unveiled. "We call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made with four bottles of chemicals on a chemical synthesizer, starting with information in a computer." The team said it now hopes to use the method it has developed "to probe the basic machinery of...
  • First Chimpanzee Fossils Cause Problems for Evolution

    by Dr. Fazale ("Fuz") Rana Where were you on September 1, 2005? Perhaps you missed the announcement of a scientific breakthrough: the influential journal Nature published the completed sequence of the chimpanzee genome.1This remarkable achievement received abundant publicity because it paved the way for biologists to conduct detailed genetic comparisons between humans and chimpanzees.2Unfortunately, the fanfare surrounding the chimpanzee genome overshadowed a more significant discovery. In the same issue, Nature published a report describing the first-ever chimpanzee fossils. This long-awaited scientific advance barely received notice because of the fascination with the chimpanzee genome. News of the two discoveries produced different...
  • Ancient giant cattle genome first

    02/20/2010 5:30:54 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 878+ views
    bbc ^ | 17 February 2010 | Steven McKenzie
    Scientists have analysed the DNA of ancient giant European wild cattle that died out almost 400 years ago. They have determined the first mitochondrial genome sequence from aurochs (Bos primigenius) from bone found in a cave in England. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is passed down from a mother to her offspring....... One of the researchers involved, Dr Ceiridwen Edwards, has previously investigated the remains of a polar bear found in the Scottish Highlands.... The species became extinct when a female animal died in a forest in Poland in 1627. Roman general and dictator Julius Caesar was said to have been impressed...
  • Are the Taliban Descended From One of Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?

    01/09/2010 7:56:47 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 46 replies · 1,684+ views
    The Lid/jpost ^ | 1/9/09 | The Lid
    Every Friday night observant Jews bless their sons by saying, "may you be like Manasseh and Ephraim," the two sons of the biblical Joseph, who were the first Jews, born outside of the Holy Land. The blessing expresses the hope that, just like Joseph's sons, today's Jewish sons will hold fast to their religion despite the fact they live in the diaspora. Manasseh and Ephraim are two of the famous lost ten tribes, who were carted away into exile more than 2,500 years ago. Descendants of the tribe of Manasseh have been found living in India, and many of them...
  • Genetic study clarifies African and African-American ancestry

    12/21/2009 12:41:48 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 20 replies · 1,735+ views
    University of Pennsylvania ^ | 21-Dec-2009 | Jordan Reese
    The University of PennsylvaniaSarah Tishkoff, professor in the departments of genetics and biology at University of Pennsylvania, is collecting samples in Africa. Collaboration by University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University PHILADELPHIA –- People who identify as African-American may be as little as 1 percent West African or as much as 99 percent, just one finding of a large-scale, genome-wide study of African and African-American ancestry released today. An international research team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University has collected and analyzed genotype data from 365 African-Americans, 203 people from 12 West African populations and...
  • Biologic InstituteDesign without a Designer? (Hold onto your hat!!! Evos invite IDers to...)

    12/10/2009 11:03:19 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 1,185+ views
    Biologic Institute ^ | December 9, 2009 | Douglas Axe
    Last February I mentioned the events that would commemorate the life and work of Charles Darwin in 2009. I had no idea at the time that I would be invited to participate in one of these events. But there I was, precisely 150 years after On the Origin of Species first appeared, seated with other scientists in front of a packed room that featured, among other interesting things, a life-sized model of a baleen whale. The venue was the National Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany, and the occasion was a panel discussion titled Design without a Designer? [1]...
  • Why young-age creationism is good for science

    12/07/2009 7:30:12 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 170 replies · 3,384+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Brett W. Smith
    The current treatment of young-age creationists in the scientific community and society at large is unfair and unwise. Scientists and philosophers of science, including old-age creationists and naturalists, should respect youngage creationists as legitimate contributors to science. Young-age creationists offer to the current origins science establishment a competing rational viewpoint that will augment fruitful scientific investigation through increased accountability for scientists, introduction of original hypotheses and general epistemic improvement...
  • Missing gene linked to childhood obesity

    12/07/2009 1:36:32 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies · 680+ views
    Some children get severely obese because they lack particular chunks of DNA, which kicks their hunger into overdrive, researchers report. The British scientists checked the DNA of 300 children who became very fat, on the order of 220 pounds by age 10. The researchers looked for deletions or extra copies of DNA segments. They found evidence that several rare deletions may promote obesity, including one kind found in less than 1 percent of about 1,200 severely obese children. That deletion, on chromosome 16, causes trouble because it removes a gene that the brain needs to respond to the appetite-controlling hormone...
  • Evolutionists retreating from the arena of science

    12/03/2009 8:35:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 371 replies · 5,254+ views
    CMI ^ | December 1, 2009 | Dave Woetzel
    Evolutionists retreating from the arena of science --snip-- Today, the Darwinian scientific consensus persists within almost every large university and governmental institution. But around the middle of the 20th century an interesting new trend emerged and has since become increasingly established. Evolutionary theorists have been forced, step by step, to steadily retreat from the evidence in the field. Some of the evidences mentioned earlier in this article were demonstrated to be frauds and hoaxes. Other discoveries have been a blow to the straightforward expectations and predictions of evolutionists. Increasingly, they have been forced to tack ad hoc mechanisms onto Darwin’s...
  • Donald Prothero’s Imaginary Evidence for Evolution (yet another evo hoax!)

    12/01/2009 6:39:06 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 152 replies · 3,224+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | December 1, 2009 | Jonathan Wells, Ph.D.
    Need evidence for Darwinian evolution? Just make it up. That’s the lesson of Donald Prothero’s book, Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007). Prothero is a professor of geology at Occidental College in Los Angeles. On November 30, he teamed up with atheist Michael Shermer (founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine) to debate Stephen Meyer and Richard Sternberg of the Discovery Institute. Shermer wrote the foreword to Prothero’s book, calling it “the best book ever written on the subject.” In fact, “Don’s visual presentation of the fossil and genetic evidence for evolution is...
  • ScienceDaily: “Slowing Evolution to Stop Drug Resistance”

    11/21/2009 3:32:25 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 795+ views
    AiG ^ | November 21, 2009
    ScienceDaily: “Slowing Evolution to Stop Drug Resistance” --snip-- For years, evolutionists have pointed to antibiotic resistance as proof of evolution in action. The argument often amounts to this (in simplified form): the fact that certain organisms grow resistant to certain antibiotics is evidence for the evolutionary idea that all animals must have descended from a single ancestor. Collapsing the argument does make it seem a bit silly, but that’s our point. We certainly don’t want to belittle the very real threat of dangerous organisms becoming immune to the best drugs we now have (though the vast majority of microbes are...
  • Wired: “Birth of New Species Witnessed by Scientists”

    11/21/2009 9:59:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 99 replies · 3,140+ views
    AiG ^ | November 21, 2009
    Scientists have watched as a new species is “born”—or is that “evolved”?—on one of the Galapagos Islands, home of Darwin’s famous finches...
  • "Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone" (another Evo abandons the HMS Beagle)

    11/20/2009 8:17:43 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 948+ views
    Science Literature ^ | November 18, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone --snip-- "The discovery of pervasive HGT and the overall dynamics of the genetic universe destroys not only the tree of life as we knew it but also another central tenet of the modern synthesis inherited from Darwin, namely gradualism. In a world dominated by HGT, gene duplication, gene loss and such momentous events as endosymbiosis, the idea of evolution being driven primarily by infinitesimal heritable changes in the Darwinian tradition has become untenable." ...
  • Intelligent Design Book Cracks Bestseller List at Amazon.com

    11/17/2009 8:18:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 72 replies · 2,206+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | November 16, 2009 | Robert Crowther
    Signature in the Cell makes 2009 list of top ten bestselling science books Today Amazon.com announced their bestselling books of 2009 and Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne) by Dr. Stephen C. Meyer made the top ten in the science category. According to Amazon.com, books on its 2009 list of best sellers are “[r]anked according to customer orders through October. Only books published for the first time in 2009 are eligible.” The book's publisher, HarperOne, reports that the book is entering its fifth printing in as many months, and continues to sell strongly both...
  • Evidence for the design of life: part 1— Genetic redundancy

    11/15/2009 6:52:24 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 65 replies · 1,836+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Peter Borger, Ph.D.
    Knockout strategies have demonstrated that the function of many genes cannot be studied by disrupting them in model organisms because the inactivation of these genes does not lead to a phenotypic effect. For living systems, this peculiar phenomenon of genetic redundancy seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Genetic redundancy is now defined as the situation in which the disruption of a gene is selectively neutral. Biology shows us that 1) two or more genes in an organism can often substitute for each other, 2) some genes are just there in a silent state. Inactivation of such redundant...
  • Minimal Complexity Relegates Life Origin Models To Fanciful Speculation

    11/10/2009 8:11:47 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 1,237+ views
    UncommonDescent ^ | November 10, 2009 | Robert Deyes
    Former Nature editor Philip Ball once commented that ‘there is no assembly plant so delicate, versatile and adaptive as the cell” (1). Emeritus Professor Theodore Brown chose to wax metaphorical by likening the cell to a fully-fledged factory, with its own complex functional relationships and interactions akin to what we observe in our own manufacturing facilities (2). In recent years the seemingly intractable problem of explaining how the first cell came into existence through chance events, otherwise known as the ‘Chance Hypothesis’, has become more acute than ever as scientists have begun to realize that a minimum suite of functional...
  • Why Evolutionary-Based Science Is A Menace To Scientific Research, Discovery, and Progress

    11/06/2009 9:39:16 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 70 replies · 2,422+ views
    Why Evolutionary-Based Science Is A Menace To Scientific Research, Discovery, and Progress Evolutionary-based research always begins with the inaccurate and unscientific presupposition that the Theory of Evolution, i.e. the Big Bang, the spontaneous generation of life, and common descent, is true. Due to this systemic problem, scientific discovery and progress is severely hampered, not to mention the hundreds of millions of research dollars that are squandered every year. In a time in which almost ANY alternative thought is given a platform, the evolution industry is silencing dissenting scientific evidence, even when it’s from fellow evolutionists! See the growing list of...
  • “Junk” DNA Discovered to Have Both Cellular and Microevolutionary Functions

    11/04/2009 10:46:48 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 59 replies · 1,775+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | November 3, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    “Junk” DNA Discovered to Have Both Cellular and Microevolutionary Functions Evolutionists have long sought mechanisms for the origin of reproductive barriers between populations, mechanisms which are thought to be key to the formation of new species. A recent article in ScienceDaily finds that “Junk DNA” might be the “mechanism that prevents two species from reproducing.” Basically, so-called “junk”-DNA is involved in helping to package chromosomes in the cell. If two species have different “junk” DNA, then this prevents the proteins in the egg from properly packaging the chromosomes donated by the sperm. The organism does not develop properly. As the...
  • How Life Works [immutable laws of nature point Creation/Intelligent design...HTML version!]

    11/01/2009 4:02:49 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 60 replies · 2,135+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Alex Williams
    Life is not a naturalistic phenomenon with unlimited evolutionary potential as Darwin proposed. It is intelligently designed, ruled by immutable laws, and survives only because it has a built-in facilitated variation mechanism for continually adapting to internal and external challenges and changes. The essential components are: functional molecular architecture and machinery, modular switching cascades that control the machinery and a signal network that coordinates everything. All three are required for survival, so they must have been present from the beginning—a conclusion that demands intelligent design. Life’s built-in ability to adapt and diversify looks like Darwinian evolution, but it is not....
  • Experimental Data Force Researchers to Admit There’s “No Such Thing As Junk RNA”

    10/26/2009 7:57:10 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies · 963+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 23, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Experimental Data Force Researchers to Admit There’s “No Such Thing As Junk RNA” Originally, proponents of neo-Darwinian evolution lauded “junk” DNA as functionless genetic garbage that showed life is the result of blind and random mutational events. Then “junk” DNA was disproved by the discovery that the vast majority of DNA is being transcribed into RNA. Did the failure of this Darwinian assumption cause evolutionists to terminate their love affair with biological “junk”? Of course not. They just shifted their argument back, claiming that the cell is full of “junk RNA”—DNA that is being transcribed into RNA but still does...
  • The Human Methylome: What Do These Patterns Mean? (high state of living cell's design "astonishing")

    10/22/2009 10:13:30 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 29 replies · 1,171+ views
    ICR News ^ | October 22, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    The Human Methylome: What Do These Patterns Mean? by Brian Thomas, M.S.* For decades, researchers have noticed that tiny chemicals called “methyl groups” piggyback on DNA molecules, and that they occur in certain patterns. Intrigued by the meaning and function of methylation patterns, especially as they relate to medicine, a five-year, $ 190-million-dollar research effort funded by the National Institutes of Health began in 2008. In one of its studies, researchers have stumbled upon a new intricacy of cell function.Joseph Ecker of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies led a collaboration to generate the world’s first complete map of human...
  • Geneticists call for better draft sequences

    10/11/2009 8:13:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 441+ views
    Nature News ^ | 8 October 2009 | Elie Dolgin
    Proposed rankings would classify genomes by completeness and quality.Scientists have proposed classifying genome sequences into six groups, based on their quality.A. Sumner / Science Photo Library Researchers who have mapped a species' genome need to be more explicit about the quality of their sequence, says an international team of genome researchers."People generating these sequences should discriminate a bit more between the products that they provide to the rest of the scientific community," says Patrick Chain of the Joint Genome Institute at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico who is first author of a policy paper on genomic standards...
  • 3-D Structure Of Human Genome: Fractal Globule Architecture Packs Two Meters Of DNA Into Each Cell

    10/08/2009 6:27:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 3,946+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Thursday, October 8, 2009 | Adapted from original article written by Steve Bradt, Harvard University
    ...they describe a new technology called Hi-C and apply it to answer the thorny question of how each of our cells stows some three billion base pairs of DNA while maintaining access to functionally crucial segments... says co-first author Erez Lieberman-Aiden... "But if the double helix didn't fold further, the genome in each cell would be two meters long. Scientists have not really understood how the double helix folds to fit into the nucleus of a human cell, which is only about a hundredth of a millimeter in diameter. This new approach enabled us to probe exactly that question."...
  • Leading Darwinist Richard Dawkins Dodges Debates, Refuses to Defend Evolution...(what a coward!)

    10/07/2009 8:18:14 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 79 replies · 3,666+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | October 6, 2009
    Seattle – Richard Dawkins, the world’s leading public spokesman for Darwinian evolution and an advocate of the “new atheism,” has refused to debate Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, a prominent advocate of intelligent design and the author of the acclaimed Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design. “Richard Dawkins claims that the appearance of design in biology is an illusion and claims to have refuted the case for intelligent design,” says Dr. Meyer who received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge in England. “But Dawkins assiduously avoids addressing the key evidence...
  • Philosophy Puts Brakes on Simplistic Science

    10/06/2009 8:38:25 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 30 replies · 1,630+ views
    CEH ^ | October 5, 2009
    Oct 5, 2009 — Three stories touching on philosophy of science were reported recently.  They show that simplistic ideas, and even terms deployed, can be misleading.  That’s why philosophers still have a role in curbing the pretensions of scientists, and clarifying scientific issues and terms lest policy-makers and the public get wrong ideas. Are all invasive species bad?:  We are taught to think that “alien” animals or plants introduced into another country pose a threat.  Often they do, but Mark Davis at New Scientist reminded readers that the honeybee was introduced into the Americas.  He said, “you may be surprised...
  • Intelligent Design Legitimized Through Darwin’s Own ‘Vera Causa’ Criterion (LOL!)

    10/06/2009 8:15:04 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 1,096+ views
    UncommonDescent ^ | October 5, 2009 | Robert Deyes
    Review Of The Seventh Chapter Of Signature In The Cell by Stephen Meyer ISBN: 9780061894206; ISBN10: 0061894206; Imprint: HarperOne The distinction between historical and experimental science is one that extends back over the centuries and at its core seems easy to grasp. Whereas historical science has as its focus events that have defined the history both of our planet and larger cosmos, experimental science has its eye on the current operation of nature.The 19th century philosopher William Whewell coined the term ‘palaetiological sciences’ to describe those fields of science, such as geology and paleontology, that have a historical perspective (1)....
  • Storming the Beaches of Norman

    10/05/2009 12:22:31 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 123 replies · 5,221+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 3, 2009 | Jonathan Wells, Ph.D.
    Storming the Beaches of Norman Norman, Oklahoma, that is. Okay, so there aren’t any real beaches in Norman, Oklahoma. But when Steve Meyer and I went there recently, the Darwinists who have installed themselves as absolute dictators at the University of Oklahoma (OU) made our arrival feel like D-Day. On September 28, Steve gave a talk on his best-selling book Signature in the Cell at the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the OU campus. The following evening, September 29, Steve and I answered questions after a showing of the new film Darwin’s Dilemma at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History,...
  • Liberating biology from a Procrustean bed of dogma (even the evos are abandoning the HMS Beagle!!!)

    09/29/2009 1:39:24 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 59 replies · 1,868+ views
    Science Literature (ARN) ^ | September 25, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    In a Commentary essay, Carl Woese and Nigel Goldenfeld provide an analysis of biological thought that differs profoundly from that presented by those celebrating the Bicentenary of Darwin's birth and, incidentally, the recently published AP Biology Standards. "This is the story of how biology of the 20th century neglected and otherwise mishandled the study of what is arguably the most important problem in all of science: the nature of the evolutionary process. This problem [ . . ] became the private domain of a quasi-scientific movement, who secreted it away in a morass of petty scholasticism, effectively disguising the fact...