Carvunis should watch her back. There are lots of useless Darwinprofs out there clogging the system till retirement. They have nothing to do but take down anyone who questions their orthodoxy.
Devolution: Earlier yeast splicosome was more complex
Isn’t it the case that a great deal of (lights and fanfare!) evolution we hear about is turning out to be devolution?
Grand Darwinian experiment with 10,000 generations of yeast proves that Mike Behe is right
If the authors could have predicted adaptation through loss-of-function mutations, why didn’t they let high school textbook authors and pop science presenters in on the secret?: Michael Behe is right: Darwin devolves. Evolution is mostly about devolution. Does that maybe make sense in a universe where entropy is growing? But where does it leave Darwin? At the bus stop after the last bus has left?
Behe vindicated (still not cited) at his own LeHigh University
One might ask: If things go downhill that way and “directionality and progress in evolution may be illusory,” what is the source of intelligent designs? An intelligence in or beyond nature? We’ll take either as an answer, to start a discussion.
Researchers: Evolution is not “survival of the fittest”
“However, less-fit lineages also routinely leapfrog over strains of higher fitness. Our results demonstrate that this combination of factors, which is not accounted for in existing models of evolutionary dynamics, is critical in determining the rate, predictability and molecular basis of adaptation.” If Darwinism mattered the way it used to, this would be heresy.
Noncoding (that is, “junk”) DNA helps cells avoid starvation
Some researchers wondered whether all that junk DNA supposedly left over from Darwinian evolution actually did something after all so they tested the idea: Patches of seemingly meaningless DNA dotted throughout the genome might actually have a function: helping cells to survive starvation. Two studies published in Nature on 16 January suggest that these stretches Read More…
Huge study shows yeasts evolve by reducing their complexity
Not by adding to it. Everyone seems to be talking about devolution (“reductive evolution”) these days. From ScienceDaily: “This is the first large genome project like this that actually looks at hundreds of different eukaryotic species, not different individuals or isolates of the same species,” says Chris Todd Hittinger, a UW-Madison genetics professor and one Read More…
Speciation: A bread yeast and a yeast that causes infections turn out to be the same “species”
From Sukanya Charuchandra at The Scientist: Two species of yeast, one of which is used in the biotechnology and food industries to make bioethanol and sourdough bread, while the other causes yeast infections, have been found to be one and the same, according to research published in PLOS Pathogens today (July 19). And, the researchers Read More…