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You Are What You Your Mother Eats


New research continues to reveal biology’s complex adaptation capabilities broadly referred to as epigenetics. Simply put, individuals not only respond physiologically to environmental challenges by modifying their DNA, they also pass such adaptations on to their progeny. It is, by any other name, the inheritance of acquired characteristics, a concept evolutionists have resisted for almost a century. Now researchers studying mice have found that a mother’s diet not only during pregnancy, but before pregnancy, causes intelligent adaptations to occur that are passed on to the offspring—a finding that once was cause for blackballing. Now, molecular machines that (i) sense environmental shifts, (ii) produce the desired response, and (iii) pass that response on to offspring arose by chance, and were later selected. What was once unacceptable anathema is now becoming orthodoxy in what we know to be the fact of evolution. As Darwin explained:  Read more

OT: Jonathan M has a new, and from my brief look, excellent, article out on the bacterial flagellum:
The Bacterial Flagellum: A Paradigm for Design - Jonathan M. - Sept. 2012 Excerpt: Indeed, so striking is the appearance of intelligent design that researchers have modelled the assembly process (of the bacterial flagellum) in view of finding inspiration for enhancing industrial operations (McAuleyet al.). Not only does the flagellum manifestly exhibit engineering principles, but the engineering involved is far superior to humanity’s best achievements.The flagellum exhibits irreducible complexity in spades. In all of our experience of cause-and-effect, we know that phenomena of this kind are uniformly associated with only one type of cause – one category of explanation – and that is intelligent mind. Intelligent design succeeds at precisely the point at which evolutionary explanations break down. http://www.scribd.com/doc/106728402/The-Bacterial-Flagellum
In my best southern accent: I always felt that my mom fava'd my younger brother. Mung
G'day Mung, You're probably glad you're not called Fava ... especially nice with a glass of chianti I've heard! AussieID
Start Your Day Mung
Not to knock this study Dr. Hunter, but I thought this following study that you found a few months back was far more illuminating to just how far the impact of epigenetics reaches. A study which, in all things considered, is much stronger in its suggestion that 'foresighted frontloading' of information was involved.
The Rapid Origin of Domesticated Chicken - Cornelius Hunter - March 2012 Excerpt: The research finds that epigenetic mechanisms may be the cause of the rapid origin of domesticated chickens brought about by breeding, and that these epigenetic changes are reliably and stably inherited, resulting in lasting change in a population. http://darwins-god.blogspot.com/2012/03/rapid-origin-of-domesticated-chicken.html
My mother ate Mung beans. Mung

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