From BEC Crew at ScienceAlert: Here’s proof of how far we’ve come in science – in a world-first, researchers have recorded up-close footage of a single DNA molecule replicating itself, and it’s raising questions about how we assumed the process played out.
The real-time footage has revealed that this fundamental part of life incorporates an unexpected amount of ‘randomness’, and it could force a major rethink into how genetic replication occurs without mutations.
“It’s a real paradigm shift, and undermines a great deal of what’s in the textbooks,” says one of the team, Stephen Kowalczykowski from the University of California, Davis. More.
It may not be as random as they think. A subway crowd’s movements may appear random at times, but that is only a surface impression.
But textbooks today are mostly a fraud on the taxpayer anyway. Otherwise, the End of Science rent-a-riot for Darwin would not even be involved so much.
We should be figuring out how to present accurately as much of we can of what we now know – and not how to prevent union teachers from having to learn new stuff at summer school.
See also: Man is ever a wolf to man! – or maybe sometimes just another slowly moving barrier against the wind? An ode to the Toronto subway crowd, with a message.
Nature: Stuck with a battle it dare not fight, even for the soul of science. Excuse me guys but, as in so many looming strategic disasters, the guns are facing the wrong way.