That is absurd. Even evolutionists are now agreeing that what they once rejected as impossible, and then grudgingly admitted as "rare," now must be treated as a significant mode of the origins of new genes. As Light, Basile and Elofsson write in their 2014 review which I referenced, "It has even been proposed that the creation of novel genes, a continuous process where most de novo genes are short-lived, is as frequent as gene duplications." Likewise Neme and Tautz explain, "there is now rapidly increasing evidence that de novo evolution of transcripts and genes is not only a theoretical possibility, but might even have been a rather active process throughout evolution." And even Zimmer admitted in the NY Times piece, "Far from being a fluke, these studies suggest that de novo genes are abundant." Nick you have an ax to grind that wont let acknowledge the clear evidence ...
The distribution of fitness effects (DFE) encompasses the fraction of deleterious, neutral, and beneficial mutations. It conditions the evolutionary trajectory of populations, as well as the rate of adaptive molecular evolution (alpha). Inferring DFE and a from patterns of polymorphism, as given through the site frequency spectrum (SFS) and divergence data, has been a longstanding goal of evolutionary genetics. A widespread assumption shared by previous inference methods is that beneficial mutations only contribute negligibly to the polymorphism data. Hence, a DFE comprising only deleterious mutations tends to be estimated from SFS data, and alpha is then predicted by contrasting the SFS with divergence data from an outgroup. We develop a hierarchical probabilistic framework that extends previous methods to infer DFE and alpha from polymorphism data alone. We use extensive simulations to examine the performance of our method. While an outgroup is still needed to obtain an unfolded SFS, we show ...
The recombinational environment is predicted to influence patterns of protein sequence evolution through the effects of Hill-Robertson interference among linked sites subject to selection. In freely recombining regions of the genome, selection should more effectively incorporate new beneficial mutations, and eliminate deleterious ones, than in regions with low rates of genetic recombination. We examined the effects of recombinational environment on patterns of evolution using a genome-wide comparison of Drosophila melanogaster and D. yakuba. In regions of the genome with no crossing over, we find elevated divergence at nonsynonymous sites and in long introns, a virtual absence of codon usage bias, and an increase in gene length. However, we find little evidence for differences in patterns of evolution between regions with high, intermediate, and low crossover frequencies. In addition, genes on the fourth chromosome exhibit more extreme deviations from regions with crossing over than do other, no
Bgee allows to automatically compare gene expression patterns between species, by referencing expression data on anatomical ontologies, and designing homology relationships between them.
Genotyping and sequencing of a number of eukaryotic genomes provide us with an opportunity to study the temporal and functional character of evolutionary changes in metazoans. Here we provide a framework for identifying changes in evolutionary constraints on mutated positions in the human genome. Due to lack of SNP data, in the current analysis we captured only higher order patterns at the level of functional categories. But upon availability of resequencing data, using BaseDiver it is possible to achieve higher resolution. In this work we restricted the use of BaseDiver to coding regions only, where most of the base positions are under selection and the effects of hitchhiking are small, it can be used to identify changes in constraints in non-coding regions as well.. Recently outliers of evolutionary patterns like ultra-conserved elements in higher eukaryotes and highly accelerated regions in humans have been identified [4, 7]; here we attempt to capture the comprehensive spectrum of evolution ...
Upon HIV transmission, some patients develop AIDS in only a few months, while others remain disease free for 20 or more years. This variation in the rate of disease progression is poorly understood and has been attributed to host genetics, host immune responses, co-infection, viral genetics, and adaptation. Here, we develop a new relaxed-clock phylogenetic method to estimate absolute rates of synonymous and nonsynonymous substitution through time. We identify an unexpected association between the synonymous substitution rate of HIV and disease progression parameters. Since immune activation is the major determinant of HIV disease progression, we propose that this process can also determine viral generation times, by creating favourable conditions for HIV replication. These conclusions may apply more generally to HIV evolution, since we also observed an overall low synonymous substitution rate for HIV-2, which is known to be less pathogenic than HIV-1 and capable of tempering the detrimental effects of
Abstract: Using genomic information from mosquito, red flour beetle, honeybee, mouse, and sea anemone, we have studied the molecular evolution of 91 Drosophila genes involved in eye primordium determination, retinal differentiation, and phototransduction. Our results show that the majority of these gene sequences predate the diversification of endopterygote insects. However, all three functional groups contain a conspicuous fraction of evolutionarily younger genes, which originated by tandem duplication in the lineage leading to Drosophila, whereas gene duplications are rare in other insect lineages. We conclude that the retention of duplicated genes spiked during the early diversification of the higher Diptera possibly due to an extended period of exceptional population size reduction. Genetic data suggest that gene duplication played an important role in the evolution of visual performance in the fast flying higher Diptera by spatial or intracellular subfunctionalization. Developmental gene ...
Biological systems are resistant to perturbations caused by the environment and by the intrinsic noise of the system. Robustness to mutations is a particular aspect of robustness in which the phenotype is resistant to genotypic variation. Mutational robustness has been linked to the ability of the system to generate heritable genetic variation (a property known as evolvability). It is known that greater robustness leads to increased evolvability. Therefore, mechanisms that increase mutational robustness fuel evolvability. Two such mechanisms, molecular chaperones and gene duplication, have been credited with enormous importance in generating functional diversity through the increase of systems robustness to mutational insults. However, the way in which such mechanisms regulate robustness remains largely uncharacterized. In this review, I provide evidence in support of the role of molecular chaperones and gene duplication in innovation. Specifically, I present evidence that these mechanisms ...
Molecular evolution is not based on scientific authority. . . . There are assertions that such evolution occurred, but absolutely none are supported by pertinent experiments or calculations. Since no one knows molecular evolution by direct experience, and since there is no authority on which to base claims of knowledge, it can truly be said that . . . the assertion of Darwinian molecular evolution is merely bluster. - quote by Michael Behe on YourDictionary.
Gene duplication and loss are predicted to be at least of the order of the substitution rate and are key contributors to the development of novel gene function and overall genome evolution. Although it has been established that proteins evolve more rapidly after gene duplication, we were interested in testing to what extent this reflects causation or association. Therefore, we investigated the rate of evolution prior to gene duplication in chordates. Two patterns emerged; firstly, branches, which are both preceded by a duplication and followed by a duplication, display an elevated rate of amino acid replacement. This is reflected in the ratio of nonsynonymous to synonymous substitution (mean nonsynonymous to synonymous nucleotide substitution rate ratio [Ka:Ks]) of 0.44 compared with branches preceded by and followed by a speciation (mean Ka:Ks of 0.23). The observed patterns suggest that there can be simultaneous alteration in the selection pressures on both gene duplication and amino acid ...
How does nature make new things that have new functions? How does it make something simple into something more complex? Evolution.. In nature, evolution is manifested in the progression of changes in the genetic composition of all organisms over generations as they adapt to altered living conditions. Researchers have been studying natures process of change for more than a century in a desire to understand it and, in the lab, control or direct evolution at the molecular level at an unprecedented rate.. Molecular evolution (the process of evolution at the DNA, RNA, and protein level) emerged as a field in the 1960s, so its inevitable that the field itself has also evolved.. "Over the past 30 years or so, scientists have figured out how to use some of the mechanisms that biology uses for evolution - extracting the tools for evolving molecules out of biological systems and putting them into the hands of laboratory investigators," says M.G. Finn, professor and chair in the School of Chemistry and ...
If you have a question about this talk, please contact Xin Wang.. Differences in the gene regulatory network are hypothesized to contribute significantly to phenotypic divergence between and within species. Non-coding sequences with bursts of lineage-specific changes are promising candidates, because clusters of nearby substitutions are a hallmark of selection potentially modify evolutionarily conserved regulatory elements. Performing a comprehensive, genome-wide analysis, we find that genomic loci with high substitution rates in the human-chimp lineage are over-represented near genes that duplicated in the human-chimp ancestor. We also developed a method to screen for nucleotide substitutions predicted to affect transcription factor binding. Rates of binding site divergence are elevated in non-coding sequences near duplicated loci with accelerated substitution rates. Finally, GC-biased gene conversion (gBGC) is a non-adaptive, recombination-associated explanation for accelerated substitution ...
Abstract: A faster rate of adaptive evolution of X-linked genes compared with autosomal genes may be caused by the fixation of new recessive or partially recessive advantageous mutations (the Faster-X effect). This effect is expected to be largest for mutations that affect only male fitness and absent for mutations that affect only female fitness. We tested these predictions in Drosophila melanogaster by using genes with different levels of sex-biased expression and by estimating the extent of adaptive evolution of non-synonymous mutations from polymorphism and divergence data. We detected both a Faster-X effect and an effect of male-biased gene expression. There was no evidence for a strong association between the two effects-modest levels of male-biased gene expression increased the rate of adaptive evolution on both the autosomes and the X chromosome, but a Faster-X effect occurred for both unbiased genes and female-biased genes. The rate of genetic recombination did not influence the ...
Page 1 of 5 - Does The E. Coli Long-term Evolution Experiment Evolution - posted in Best all time threads.: The E. Coli long-term evolution experiment is an ongoing study led by Richard Lenski. The study tracks genetic changes in 12 initially nearly identical populations of asexual Escherichia coli bacteria. The experiment started on February 24, 1988 and on February 14, 2010 the populations reached the milestone of 50,000 generations.QUESTIONS:What implications does this study have on the...
Evolution is defined as adapted set of positively favorable changes across successive generations in heritable characteristics of different biological species [1]. It often imposes divergence in the organisms at every evolutionary level, be it genetic or epigenetic [2]. Canalization thus study the genotypic variants contributing to the similar phenotype [3]. Hence irrespective of genotypes, genetic alterations assisting the individuals phenotype solely guides the evolutionary adaptation. In this regard, the molecular clock hypothesis proposed by Zuckerkandl & Pauling [4] seems to be correct. Sarich & Wilson [5,6] also demonstrated the divergence of humans and apes approximately 5 million years ago through the same hypothesis. Evolutionary factors Evolution being highly dimensional phenomenon is almost impossible to explain simply. Even the mathematical analysis fails to correctly track the evolutionary rate in a population [7,8]. While diversions exist for every evolved factor among different ...
The neutral theory of molecular evolution has been instrumental in organizing our thinking about the nature of evolutionary forces shaping variation at the DNA level. More importantly, it has provided empiricists with a strong set of testable predictions and hence, a useful null hypothesis against which to test for the presence of selection. Evidence indicates that the neutral theory cannot explain key features of protein evolution nor patterns of biased codon usage in certain species. Whereas we now have a reasonable model of selection acting on synonymous changes in Drosophila, protein evolution remains poorly understood. Despite limitations in the applicability of the neutral theory, it is likely to remain an integral part of the quest to understand molecular evolution. ...
Transcript of 1963 Macy Conference The Fifth Macy Conference on Genetics, held November 3-6, 1963 at Princeton University, brought together several well-known geneticists of that time period to discuss important issues in population genetics. This conference took place just before the emergence of the field of molecular evolution. Attendees included: Walter Bodmer, James Crow, Everett Dempster, Theodosius Dobzhansky, L.C. Dunn, Barry Falconer, Dick Lewontin, Howard Levene, H.J. Muller, James Neel, Bruce Wallace, and Jack Schull, among others. The format of the conference was short individual presentations followed by an informal free-for-all discussion. Fortunately, a stenographer was present throughout the conference to preserve the interactions of these scientists. We have posted the entire transcript, dividing it up by sessions. Although we have only listed the paper titles, there is extensive discussion and debate among the scientists recorded throughout the transcript. (To get to the Table ...
TheInfoList.com - (Convergent_evolution) CONVERGENT EVOLUTION is the independent evolution of similar features in species of different lineages. CONVERGENT EVOLUTION Convergent evolution creates ANALOGOUS STRUCTURES that have similar form or function but were not present in the last common ancestor of those groups. The cladistic term for the same phenomenon is homoplasy
Is the rate of insertion and deletion mutation male-biased? - Molecular evolutionary analysis of avian and primate sex chromosome sequence. ...
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Evolution and coexistence in response to a key innovation in a long-term evolution experiment with Escherichia coli Caroline B. Turner, Zachary D. Blount, Daniel H. Mitchell, Richard E. Lenski doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/020958 Evolution of a novel function can greatly alter the effects of an organism on its environment. These environmental changes can, in turn, affect the…
The ratio of non-synonymous to synonymous substitutions, known as the Ka/Ks ratio,is used to estimate both purifying and positive Darwinian selection.A Ka/Ks ratio significantly greater than 1 is indicative of positive selection, whereas values significantly smaller than 1 are indicative of purifying selection.We present an algorithmic web-based tool which calculates the Ka/Ks ratio for each codon site in a codon-based multiple sequence alignment (Doron-Faigenboim et al. 2005;Stern et al.2006).Selecton implements both an empirical Bayesian algorithm (Yang et al.2000)as well as a maximum-likelihood algorithm (Goldman and Yang 1994),which the user may choose (the default algorithm is the Bayesian one).On the one hand,through its user-friendly interface Selecton enables simplicity of use for non-expert users.The minimal input to the server consists of merely a file of homologous DNA coding sequences.On the other hand,Selecton further implements a wide variety of user options which enable maximal ...
The rapid accumulation of genome sequences is a major challenge to researchers attempting to extract the maximum functional and evolutionary information from the new genomes. To avoid informational overflow from the constant influx of new genome sequences, a comprehensive evolutionary classification of the genes from all sequenced genomes is required. Such classifications are based on two fundamental notions from evolutionary biology: orthology and paralogy, which describe the two fundamentally different types of homologous relationships between genes [1-4]. Orthologs are homologous genes derived by vertical descent from a single ancestral gene in the last common ancestor of the compared species. Paralogs, in contrast, are homologous genes, which, at some stage of evolution of the respective gene family, have evolved by duplication of an ancestral gene. The notions of orthology and paralogy are intimately linked because, if a duplication (s) occurred after the speciation event that separated the ...
MBLs Workshop on Molecular Evolution is the most prestigious workshop serving the field of evolutionary studies. Founded in 1988, it is the longest-running workshop if its kind, and it has earned worldwide recognition for its rich and intensive learning experience. Students work closely with internationally-recognized scientists, receiving (i) high-level instruction in the principles of molecular evolution and evolutionary genomics, (ii) advanced training in statistical methods best suited to modern datasets, and (iii) hands-on experience with the latest software tools (often from the authors of the programs they are using). The material is delivered via lectures, discussions, and bioinformatic exercises motivated by contemporary topics in molecular evolution. A hallmark of this workshop is the direct interaction between students and field-leading scientists. The workshop serves graduate students, postdocs, and established faculty from around the world seeking to apply the principles of ...
MBLs Workshop on Molecular Evolution is the most prestigious workshop serving the field of evolutionary studies. Founded in 1988, it is the longest-running workshop if its kind, and it has earned worldwide recognition for its rich and intensive learning experience. Students work closely with internationally-recognized scientists, receiving (i) high-level instruction in the principles of molecular evolution and evolutionary genomics, (ii) advanced training in statistical methods best suited to modern datasets, and (iii) hands-on experience with the latest software tools (often from the authors of the programs they are using). The material is delivered via lectures, discussions, and bioinformatic exercises motivated by contemporary topics in molecular evolution. A hallmark of this workshop is the direct interaction between students and field-leading scientists. The workshop serves graduate students, postdocs, and established faculty from around the world seeking to apply the principles of ...
Why some individuals develop AIDS rapidly whereas others remain healthy without treatment for many years remains a central question of HIV research. An evolutionary perspective reveals an apparent conflict between two levels of selection on the virus. On the one hand, there is rapid evolution of the virus in the host, and on the other, new observations indicate the existence of virus factors that affect the virulence of infection whose influence persists over years in infected individuals and across transmission events. Here, we review recent evidence that shows that viral genetic factors play a larger role in modulating disease severity than anticipated. We propose conceptual models that reconcile adaptive evolution at both levels of selection. Evolutionary analysis provides new insight into HIV pathogenesis.. ...
Packing flaws create sticky, interactive proteins that spread in small populations. Over four billion years of evolution, plants and animals grew far more complex than their single-celled ancestors. But a new comparison of proteins shared across species finds that complex organisms, including humans, have accumulated structural weaknesses that may have actually launched the long journey from microbe to man.. The study, published in Nature, suggests that the random introduction of errors into proteins, rather than traditional natural selection, may have boosted the evolution of biological complexity. Flaws in the "packing" of proteins that make them more unstable in water could have promoted protein interactions and intracellular teamwork, expanding the possibilities of life.. "Everybody wants to say that evolution is equivalent to natural selection and that things that are sophisticated and complex have been absolutely selected for," said study co-author Ariel Fernández, PhD, a visiting ...
On the Evolution of Species was published in the year 1859 and it went on to becoming one of the most influential books of the time. The theory came to be widely accepted by the scientific community and overthrew many other popular streams of thought and Philosophy on evolution. Many of these theories had theological bases. The strong scientific backing of Darwins ideas convinced most people about the soundness of his theory. Although as the body of scientific knowledge grew and more and more data on obscure species emerged, the Darwinian thought has been challenged more than once, the theory of evolution remains the single most important thought behind our attempts to explain our evolution on this planet. Today there are groups of scientists who have put Darwin in the perspective of genes, namely have explained or tried to the evolution of species in terms of genetics. This new breed of Darwinism has come to be known as Neo-Darwinism. Richard Dawkins is arguably the most well-known and witty ...
The significance of N-glycosylation of the TGF-β-type ligands has been studied previously. For example, N-glycosylation of the BMP2 prodomain affects the folding and secretion of ligands, and non-glycosylated BMP2 and BMP6 produced in bacterial cells appear to be less active than the glycosylated ligands (Schmoekel et al., 2004; Saremba et al., 2008; van de Watering et al., 2012; Hang et al., 2014). Addition of an N-glycosylation motif in Nodal changes the stability of ligands, resulting in an increased signaling range (Le Good et al., 2005). These facts suggest that N-glycosylation of ligands may play significant roles in vivo. However, these roles have been largely unexplored because of a lack of in vivo model systems. By employing both in vivo studies and cell-based experiments, we investigated how N-glycosylation modifications of the BMP-type ligands impact developmental processes. The in vivo rescue experiments revealed that these motifs are crucial for fly viability and are required to ...
The global effects of epistasis on protein and RNA function are revealed by an unsupervised model of amino acid co-conservation in evolutionary sequence variation. Many high-throughput experimental technologies have been developed to assess the effects of large numbers of mutations (variation) on phenotypes. However, designing functional assays for these methods is challenging, and systematic testing of all combinations is impossible, so robust methods to predict the effects of genetic variation are needed. Most prediction methods exploit evolutionary sequence conservation but do not consider the interdependencies of residues or bases. We present EVmutation, an unsupervised statistical method for predicting the effects of mutations that explicitly captures residue dependencies between positions. We validate EVmutation by comparing its predictions with outcomes of high-throughput mutagenesis experiments and measurements of human disease mutations and show that it outperforms methods that do not account
In the accompanying paper (Nagy, Szláma, Szarka, Trexler, Bányai, Patthy, Reassessing Domain Architecture Evolution of Metazoan Proteins: Major Impact of Gene Prediction Errors) we showed that in the case of UniProtKB/TrEMBL, RefSeq, EnsEMBL and NCBIs GNOMON predicted protein sequences of Metazoan species the contribution of erroneous (incomplete, abnormal, mispredicted) sequences to domain architecture (DA) differences of orthologous proteins might be greater than those of true gene rearrangements. Based on these findings, we suggest that earlier genome-scale studies based on comparison of predicted (frequently mispredicted) protein sequences may have led to some erroneous conclusions about the evolution of novel domain architectures of multidomain proteins. In this manuscript we examine the impact of confusing paralogous and epaktologous multidomain proteins (i.e., those that are related only through the independent acquisition of the same domain types) on conclusions drawn about DA evolution of
When the coding regions of 11 genes from rodents (mouse or rat) and man are compared with those from another mammalian species (usually bovine), it is found that rodents evolve significantly faster than man. The ratio of the number of nucleotide substitutions in the rodent lineage to that in the human lineage since their divergence is 2.0 for synonymous substitutions and 1.3 for nonsynonymous substitutions. Rodents also evolve faster in the 5 and 3 untranslated regions of five different mRNAs; the ratios are 2.6 and 3.1, respectively. The numbers of nucleotide substitutions between members of the beta-globin gene family that were duplicated before the man-mouse split are also higher in mouse than in man. The difference is, again, greater for synonymous substitutions than for nonsynonymous substitutions. This tendency is more consistent with the neutralist view of molecular evolution than with the selectionist view. A simple explanation for the higher rates in rodents is that rodents have ...
Key innovations in the history of life are often caused by the acquisition of a qualitatively new trait that is "an evolutionary novelty which allows the exploitation of new resources or habitats and thus triggers an adaptive radiation." Such innovations are typically rare and difficult to predict because they result from complex nonadditive (i.e., epistatic) genetic interactions or ecological interactions, within or between species, that develop only over the course of long evolutionary trajectories. Evolution of a new trait can be conceptually divided into three steps: potentiation, actualization, and refinement. First, one or more potentiating events may be necessary to generate a genetic background or environmental conditions that make a new trait accessible to evolution. Genetic potentiation, for example, may involve a period of nonadaptive genetic drift wherein a phenotype stays constant or the accumulation of mutations that are immediately advantageous for reasons unrelated to the new ...
While the theory of descent with modification in the broad sense is supported, the conventional paradigm that the history of life maps as the "tree of life"-a tree beginning with one universal common ancestor as the trunk and then progressively branching, with modern species at the twig ends-is being re-drawn at both the base of the trunk and the branches. These revisions arise as scientists gain more understanding about the "hidden" world of microbes (unicellular organisms and viruses).. The great diversity, abundance, and ubiquity of the single-celled organisms (bacteria, archaea, and some protists) has gained widespread recognition in recent years, and considerable progress has been made in incorporating that knowledge into the story of evolution. In contrast, the place of viruses in the story of evolution remains much more speculative.. There are proposals that the tree of life instead of being simple at its base, may be considerably more complex. Sequencing the genomes of specific organisms ...
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The nucleotide diversity (pi) in humans is studied by using published cDNA and genomic sequences that have been carefully checked for sequencing accuracy. This measure of genetic variability is defined as the number of nucleotide differences per site between two randomly chosen sequences from a population. A total of more than 75,000 base pairs from 49 loci are compared. The DNA regions studied are the 5 and 3 untranslated regions and the amino acid coding regions. The coding regions are divided into nondegenerate sites (i.e., sites at which all possible changes are nonsynonymous), twofold degenerate sites (i.e., sites at each of which one of the three possible changes is synonymous) and fourfold degenerate sites (i.e., sites at which all three possible changes are synonymous). The pi values estimated are, respectively, 0.03 and 0.04% for the 5 and 3 UT regions, and 0.03, 0.06 and 0.11% for nondegenerate, twofold degenerate and fourfold degenerate sites. Since the highest pi value is only ...
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Convergent and Divergent Evolution Different geographical areas sometimes exhibit groups of plants and animals of strikingly similar appearance, even though the organisms may be only distantly related. It is difficult to explain so many similarities as the result of coincidence. Instead, natural selection appears to have favored parallel evolutionary adaptations in similar environments. Because selection in these instances has tended to favor changes that made the two groups more alike, their phenotypes have converged. This form of evolutionary change is referred to as convergent evolution, or sometimes, parallel evolution.. The Marsupial-Placental Convergence. In the best known case of convergent evolution, two major groups of mammals, marsupials and placentals, have evolved in a very similar way, even though the two lineages have been living independently on separate continents. Australia separated from the other continents more than 50 million years ago, after marsupials had evolved but ...
There are just two questions to be asked in evolution: how are things related, and what makes them differ? Lamarck was the first biologist-he invented the word-to address both. In his Philosophie Zoologique (1809) he suggested that the relationships among species are better described by branching trees than by a simple ladder, that new species arise gradually by descent with modification and that they adapt to changing environments through the inheritance of acquired characteristics. Much that Lamarck imagined has since been superseded. Following Wallace and Darwin, we now envision that species belong to a single highly branched tree and that natural selection is the mechanism of adaptation. Nonetheless, to Lamarck we owe the insight that pattern is produced by process and that both need mechanistic explanation.. Questions of pattern, process and mechanism pervade the modern discipline of molecular evolution. The field was established when Zuckerkandl & Pauling (1965) noted that haemoglobins ...
Information for MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION/bionet.molbio.evolution (moderated) USENET newsgroup name: bionet.molbio.evolution Status: Moderated One line Description: Discussions about research in molecular evolution. Moderation address: mol-evol-moderator at net.bio.net (mol-evol-moderator at net.bio.net is an alias for mol-evol-moderator at net.bio.net) Moderators: Jerry Learn James McInerney Mailing list name: MOLECULAR-EVOLUTION E-mail addresses: mol-evol at net.bio.net Newsgroup charter: Bionet.molbio.evolution is a forum for scientific discussions and a source of information for the community of scientists interested in the study of the processes of how DNA, RNA, proteins and organisms have evolved at a molecular level. Functions of the newsgroup: The newsgroup will facilitate rapid communication among research scientists, educators and other individuals interested in the study of molecular evolution. This includes, but is not limited to discussions of molecular phylogenies, methods of analysis, ...
CiteWeb id: 19800000002. CiteWeb score: 26507. SummarySome simple formulae were obtained which enable us to estimate evolutionary distances in terms of the number of nucleotide substitutions (and, also, the evolutionary rates when the divergence times are known). In comparing a pair of nucleotide sequences, we distinguish two types of differences; if homologous sites are occupied by different nucleotide bases but both are purines or both pyrimidines, the difference is called type I (or "transition" type), while, if one of the two is a purine and the other is a pyrimidine, the difference is called type II (or "transversion" type). Letting P and Q be respectively the fractions of nucleotide sites showing type I and type II differences between two sequences compared, then the evolutionary distance per site is K = - (1/2) ln {(1 - 2P - Q) }. The evolutionary rate per year is then given by k = K/(2T), where T is the time since the divergence of the two sequences. If only the third codon positions are ...
We examined patterns of genetic variation and divergence in 20 immune-related genes and 17 control genes. We found that, on average, immune genes have elevated rates of amino acid divergence compared to nonimmune genes, and this was particularly true for genes involved in the Imd pathway. Our findings are consistent with studies of other insects, which show that, as a group, immune genes are rapidly evolving (Schlenke and Begun 2003; Sackton et al. 2007; Viljakainen et al. 2009). The rapid divergence of immune system genes is often hypothesized to be the result of positive selection driving adaptive evolution of the immune system in response to pathogen pressure (Sackton et al. 2007). However, when we examined patterns of nucleotide diversity in the genes in our dataset, we found no evidence of recent positive selection driving the evolution of most of the immune genes. For example, although genes in the Imd pathway exhibit elevated amino acid divergence, they also tended to have higher levels ...
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Phylogenetic inference relies heavily on statistical models that have been extended and refined over the past years into complex hierarchical models to capture the intricacies of evolutionary processes. The wealth of information in the form of fully sequenced genomes has led to the development of methods that are used to reconstruct the gene and species evolutionary histories in greater and more accurate detail. However, genes are composed of evolutionary conserved sequence segments called domains, and domains can also be affected by duplications, losses, and bifurcations implied by gene or species evolution. This thesis proposes an extension of evolutionary models, such as duplication-loss, rate, and substitution, that have previously been used to model gene evolution, to model the domain evolution.. In this thesis, I am proposing DomainDLRS: a comprehensive, hierarchical Bayesian method, based on the DLRS model by Åkerborg et al., 2009, that models domain evolution as occurring inside the ...
Has the Earnest Student in the following conversation chosen a false Guru? How are the two failing to understand each other? ******* Guru: The vast majority of evolution is probably not due to natural selection (unless you define evolution as natural selection - but nobody does that these days). Earnest Student: You have defined evolution as change in allele frequency, but you have said that allele frequency is defined as the histogram made by counting the various allelles in the population for each gene. So, your definition of evolution would exclude a *redistribution* of alleles that leaves the histogram unchanged. A quantitative definition of evolution or rate of evolution should take account of changes in the *distribution* of alleles, not just the histogram of allele frequencies. Guru: The current definition of evolution is change in allele frequency. Are you claiming that the last generation of biologists were so stupid that they made up a useless definition? ******* Earnest Student: I ...
Our research is integrative and focussed on the interface between evolution and ecology of phenotypes in natural populations. One major goal of our research is to connect microevolutionary processes on short time scales with macroevolutionary diversification on longer time scales. Together we explore various central topics in ecology and evolution, including natural and sexual selection in the wild, the evolutionary dynamics discrete visual phenotypic polymorphisms (e. g. colour polymorphisms), frequency-dependent evolutionary dynamics, the evolution of reproductive isolation, quantitative genetics of trait evolution, canalization and phenotypic plasticity. Another rapidly emerging research theme in our laboratory is the evolution of thermal adaptation and thermal plasticity.. ...
Life is life is life. Life is gene, and gene is gene is gene. There is no primitive early-stage life versus evolved modern life. Complexity in life is what physics calls Broken Symmetry, which is what biology calls Evolution. And lifes evolution is simply a cosmic mass evolution, life being just one of the many cosmic mass formats. And, like in cosmic mass evolutions, lifes (Darwinian) evolution is based on and consists of the genes replicating with or without change, depending on whether its suggested-by-feed-back progenys expression gains or does not gain more constrained energy. Plain and simple. All cosmic and life evolutions are initiated and proceed and accumulate in answer to this one single question. All evolutionary complexities, of all degrees of complexity, evolve and develop in response to and in the direction of this one single question ...
Hsa (Homo sapiens (NM_003286); Mmu (Mus musculus, Dl0061); Rno (Rattus norvegicus, NM_02261S). , 2001. Zebrafish sequence from Smith et at, 2001 and ESTs fdlStu7 (AI666877, topIb) and ZF-ESTl24 (AI204804, topIa). An important feature of the topi tree is the relative branch lengths. Assuming that evolution occurred at equal rates in the mammalian and fish lineages, then the duplication event in the fish lineage occurred long before the divergence of rodent and primate lineages 112 million years ago (Kumar and Hedges 1998). Zebrafish sequence from Smith et at, 2001 and ESTs fdlStu7 (AI666877, topIb) and ZF-ESTl24 (AI204804, topIa). An important feature of the topi tree is the relative branch lengths. Assuming that evolution occurred at equal rates in the mammalian and fish lineages, then the duplication event in the fish lineage occurred long before the divergence of rodent and primate lineages 112 million years ago (Kumar and Hedges 1998). And assuming that evolution rates have been about the ...
Information from Wikipedia on the emergence of this field of study following the rise of molecular biology and the advent of protein sequencing. The differences between homologous sequences can be used as a molecular clock to estimate the time since...
Biological and artificial evolutionary systems exhibit varying degrees of evolvability and different rates of evolution. Such quantities can be affected by various factors. Here, we review some evolutionary mechanisms and discuss new developments in biology that can potentially improve evolvability or accelerate evolution in artificial systems. Biological notions are discussed to the degree they correspond to notions in Evolutionary Computation. We hope that the findings put forward here can be used to design computational models of evolution that produce significant gains in evolvability and evolutionary speed.. ...
The field of molecular evolution has experienced explosive growth in recent years due to the rapid accumulation of genetic sequence data, continuous improvements to computer hardware and software, and the development of sophisticated analytical methods. The increasing availability of large genomic data sets requires powerful statistical methods to analyze and interpret them, generating both computational and conceptual challenges for the field.
Says lead researcher Dr Ian Wood of the Universitys Faculty of Biological Sciences: "This is the first study of the human genome to look at REST in such detail and compare the specific genes it regulates in different species. Weve found that it works by binding to specific genetic sequences and repressing or enhancing the expression of genes associated with these sequences. "Scientists have believed for many years that differences in the way genes are expressed into functional proteins is what differentiates one species from another and drives evolutionary change - but no-one has been able to prove it until now." The Leeds team, in collaboration with scientists in Singapore, examined the repertoire of genes that REST regulates, in particular those which are expressed in the central nervous system. The team compared 16 whole genome sequences in fish, primates and humans to see where and how REST binds to them. Until now, the nature and extent of such variation has been unknown but the present ...
In this video Dr. Jude Fitzgibbon, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London discusses his work investigating the molecular evolution of familial Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He explains how his laboratory has investigated clinical heterogeneity between families involving at least three inherited gene mutations that can result in familial leukemia. Jude tells SelectScience how this work has implications for the clinical management of these families and how exome sequencing will enable more personalized treatment of familial AML by identifying additional co-operating mutations.
Page 7 of 7 - Why Evolution Is Clear To Me - posted in Best all time threads.: Hi Percy,I agree that is what evolution believes. But that is not what is being discussed. How does that fit within either of the 2 scenarios below?Pick one that best fits your view of evolution:So let me ask you a question: Pick one that best fits your view:1. Evolution is predestination. Given a similar environment evolution is predestined to produce nearly exactly the same organisms.2. Evolution i...
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Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Jul 26, 2016 - Scientists at Hokkaido University have revealed temperature-dependent energy-state conversion of molecular hydrogen on ice surfaces, suggesting the need for a reconsideration of molecular evolution
It is sometimes claimed that the pace of human evolution should have slowed as cultural adaptation supplanted genetic adaptation. The high empirical number of recent adaptive variants would seem sufficient to refute this claim. It is important to note that the peak ages of new selected variants in our data do not reflect the highest intensity of selection, but merely our ability to detect selection. Due to the recent acceleration, many more new adaptive mutations should exist than have yet been ascertained, occurring at a faster and faster rate during historic times. Adaptive alleles with frequencies under 22% should then greatly outnumber those at higher frequencies. To the extent that new adaptive alleles continued to reflect demographic growth, the Neolithic and later periods would have experienced a rate of adaptive evolution more than 100 times higher than characterized most of human evolution. Cultural changes have reduced mortality rates, but variance in reproduction has continued to fuel ...
The Genome Evolution Laboratory, directed by Prof. Nicole T. Perna, performs research into rates and patterns of adaptive genome evolution in animal and plant associated microbes. Our research involves experimental characterization of pathogens and computational modeling of genome evolution.
The protein kinase family is large and important, but it is only one family in a larger superfamily of homologous kinases that phosphorylate a variety of substrates and play important roles in all three superkingdoms of life. We used a carefully constructed structural alignment of selected kinases as the basis for a study of the structural evolution of the protein kinase–like superfamily. The comparison of structures revealed a “universal core” domain consisting only of regions required for ATP binding and the phosphotransfer reaction.
Our model results strongly suggest that "plasticity" or mutational stability of a sequence is correlated with its thermodynamic stability. We believe that this general conclusion follows directly from a fundamental principle of sequence design-that it is important to both design in the target structure and design out nontarget structures (32). Thus native states of better designed sequences are energetically more separated from their nonnative conformations, implying that they have higher thermodynamic stabilities (14, 22). Some threshold native stability may also be needed to avoid misfolding on multimerization and aggregation (33). Insofar as stability of a given native structure varies relatively smoothly in sequence space, a superfunnel-like organization is likely. In evolutionary terms, this means that in most cases the wild-type sequence may be identified with the prototype sequence, and that most if not all single-point mutations on the wild-type sequence would be thermodynamically ...
Abstract: In computational biology and bioinformatics, the manner to understand evolution processes within various related organisms paid a lot of attention these last decades. However, accurate methodologies are still needed to discover genes content evolution. In a previous work, two novel approaches based on sequence similarities and genes features have been proposed. More precisely, we proposed to use genes names, sequence similarities, or both, insured either from NCBI or from DOGMA annotation tools. Dogma has the advantage to be an up-to-date accurate automatic tool specifically designed for chloroplasts, whereas NCBI possesses high quality human curated genes (together with wrongly annotated ones). The key idea of the former proposal was to take the best from these two tools. However, the first proposal was limited by name variations and spelling errors on the NCBI side, leading to core trees of low quality. In this paper, these flaws are fixed by improving the comparison of NCBI and ...
2.3: Eukaryotic Evolution and Diversity pg. 67 For about 1.5 billion years Prokaryotes were on the only living organism on Earth. 3.5 to 2 billion years ago Prokaryotes thrive in many different environments.
Nothing new to readers of this weblog, but Wade does a good job surveying the various angles. Anyone with a model of evolution in their head shouldnt be surprised, the range of human variation is to be expected; we are a species which spans Arctic and tropical biomes, evolutionary pressures generally reshape populations into localized ecotypes. Dogs are similar except their selection pressure was our species, and our preferences (as opposed to environmental conditions) served as evolutions sculpting tool. Note that Wade mentions that selection seems notable on both disease and metabolically salient genomic regions. This illustrates the dynamic and multi-layered texture of evolutionary processes, pathogen resistance is always something which all complex species are always tinkering with as we attempt to stay ahead of the race. In regards to the changes in metabolism Wade alludes to the shift between hunter-gather and farming lifestyles. In most of the world this transition occurred between 5 to ...
Natural Selection refers to Darwins ideas about the forces that drive evolutionary change and it forms part of the theory of Evolution. Natural Selection suggests that the sole force driving evolution is competition for food, space and mates, i.e. survival. The theory of natural selection proposes that all variations that exist amongst organisms are generated randomly; and organisms compete to increase the representation of their own genes in next generations. Any cooperation that exists amongst organisms is an incidental result of individuals seeking their own advantage.Evolution according to Darwin has no direction. It does not inevitably lead to higher things; organisms just become better adapted to their environment. Darwin described a process that relies on chance mutations and natural selection to account for the adaptive complexity of the biological world. Individuals with successful traits are more fit than their competitors; thus they reproduce and pass on their genes to offspring at a ...
Bi/Ge/ESE 105. Evolution. 12 units (3-4-5): second term. The theory of evolution is arguably biologys greatest idea and serves as the overarching framework for thinking about the diversity and relationships between organisms. This course will present a broad picture of evolution starting with discussions of the insights of the great naturalists, the study of the genetic basis of variation, and an introduction to the key driving forces of evolution. Following these foundations, we will then focus on a number of case studies including the following: evolution of oxygenic photosynthesis, origin of eukaryotes, multicellularity, influence of symbiosis, the emergence of life from the water (i.e. fins to limbs), the return of life to the water (i.e. limbs to fins), diversity following major extinction events, the discovery of Archaea, insights into evolution that have emerged from sequence analysis, and finally human evolution and the impact of humans on evolution (including examples such as ...
A team of Princeton University scientists has discovered that chains of proteins found in most living organisms act like adaptive machines, possessing the ability to control their own evolution.. The research, which appears to offer evidence of a hidden mechanism guiding the way biological organisms respond to the forces of natural selection, provides a new perspective on evolution, the scientists said.. The researchers -- Raj Chakrabarti, Herschel Rabitz, Stacey Springs and George McLendon -- made the discovery while carrying out experiments on proteins constituting the electron transport chain (ETC), a biochemical network essential for metabolism. A mathematical analysis of the experiments showed that the proteins themselves acted to correct any imbalance imposed on them through artificial mutations and restored the chain to working order.. "The discovery answers an age-old question that has puzzled biologists since the time of Darwin: How can organisms be so exquisitely complex, if evolution ...
This WebQuest was designed to help you locate evidence for evolution from different areas of science. New evidence for evolution is being discovered every day. No evidence has been found which cannot be explained by evolution. If the future continues as in the past, we can look forward to more information about the genomes of earths creatures, new discoveries in the fossil record, and the finding of new species in places like the ocean depths and the tropical rainforests. One thing is certain, more evidence will be added to support the theory of evolution. ...
Crisp et al. Genome Biology (2015) 16:50 DOI /s RESEARCH Open Access Expression of multiple horizontally acquired genes is a hallmark of both vertebrate and invertebrate genomes
There is an interesting article on evolvability which I wrote a bit more about here. It is by Massimo Pigliucci and titled, Is Evolvability Evolvable, for which the whole PDF is available online. Pigliucci discusses definitions of evolvability as well as different ideas about the origins of evolvability. Here is the abstract: In recent years,…
The field of molecular evolution, which includes genome evolution, is devoted to finding variation within and between groups of organisms and explaining the processes responsible for generating this variation
The field of molecular evolution, which includes genome evolution, is devoted to finding variation within and between groups of organisms and explaining the processes responsible for generating this variation
Biologists, on the other hand, can confidently claim the equivalent "cinematic" sequence of fossils for a very large number of evolutionary transitions. Not all, but very many, including our own descent from the bipedal ape Australopithecus. And - far more telling - not a single authentic fossil has ever been found in the "wrong" place in the evolutionary sequence. Such an anachronistic fossil, if one were ever unearthed, would blow evolution out of the water ...
The main aim of my research is the understanding of how novel functions and biological complexity emerge in nature. In particular, we are interested in identifying the evolutionary trajectories, at the genome and regulatory levels, to biological innovations. This aim is relevant not only to the understanding of species diversification and the emergence of complexity but also to provide key knowledge for biotechnological and biomedical developments. Many biological innovations are simply off-limits for evolution because they involve dramatic changes to organisms that are often not tolerated by natural selection. However, under certain conditions, some molecular mechanisms can minimize the effects of innovative mutations allowing them to survive in the genome and become eventually fixed, potentially emerging as adaptive features when the environment changes. Our focus is on the characterization and use of buffering molecular mechanisms that provide robustness to mutations allowing the exploration ...
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain, deepens understanding of tumor genome evolution and suggests negative selection acting on cancer-essential genes plays a more important role than previously anticipated.
We need to observe what humans have in common with their closer relatives, the apes and old world monkeys. We have one opsin that adapted to dim light and three for color vision. Most mammals only have two for color and this is why they are colorblind. The reason humans, apes and monkeys have three for color is due to the fact that our common ancestor experienced a duplication in the DNA sequences thus resulting in one extra copy for that particularly opsin ...
minimizing evolution-shifts: Each evolutionary sub-theory (as described in Section 2) is supported by different evidence, and should have different plausibility. We need conceptual clarity; the sub-theories of evolution should be precisely defined and their relationships should be carefully analyzed, because if there is only "evolution" it is easy to assume that evidence for some aspects of evolution necessarily provides strong support for other aspects. When we estimate the plausibility of an extrapolation from micro-E to Total Macro-E, there should be a rigorous evaluation for each step connecting the intermediate levels. This evaluation should be based on tight logic, not loose language that allows a transfer of support from one level to another. { Perhaps advocates of evolution can make a strong case for moving from lower levels of E to Total Macro-E, but the process of extrapolating between levels should be explicitly recognized ...
When speaking here of Darwinism, I shall speak always of todays theory - that is Darwins own theory of natural selection supported by the Mendelian theory of heredity, by the theory of the mutation and recombination of genes in a gene pool, and by the decoded genetic code. This is an immensely impressive and powerful theory. The claim that it completely explains evolution is of course a bold claim, and very far from being established. All scientific theories are conjectures, even those that have successfully passed many severe and varied tests. The Mendelian underpinning of modern Darwinism has been well tested, and so has the theory of evolution which says that all terrestrial life has evolved from a few primitive unicellular organisms, possibly even from one single organism. However, Darwins own most important contribution to the theory of evolution, his theory of natural selection, is difficult to test. There are some tests, even some experimental tests; and in some cases, such as the ...
Nearly neutral theory is an extension of the neutral theory and contends that the borderline mutations, whose effects lie between the selected and the neutral classes, are important at the molecular level
Commonly, apologists for evolution put up a bold front and try to deny that the tree of evolution is full of holes (or, more accurately, is mostly holes with just twigs at the end). It is therefore instructive whenever an article appears that is written by evolutionists who candidly acknowledged the major discontinuities in (alleged) evolutionary sequences.. ...
The new review published recently in Royal Society Philosophical Transactions B highlights that the same genes are used throughout the animal kingdom for generating neural stem cells and other precursor cells of the nervous system. If the same genes are used, how then did the different shapes and behaviours evolve? Using the hugely diverse arthropods as an example, the review shows that neural genes can have many different functions in early nervous system development in the different species and morphological contexts.. The review suggests that this flexibility of the neural genes has facilitated the evolution of the neuronal networks and the adaptation to different shapes and environments. The paper came out following a Royal Society discussion meeting on the Origin and evolution of the nervous system in March 2015.. Author of the review and Reader in Evolutionary Development Biology at SBCS Angelika Stollewerk explains:. "The data clearly show that in order to understand the evolution of ...
The theory of evolution offers an explanation for the existence of 2 The theory of evolution offers an explanation for the existence of all living organisms on the Earth today and in the past It supposes that present day organisms have all been derived from organisms that lived in the past By a series of very small changes over millions of years new species have developed from previous species* Over a period of about 3000 million years, many new species have been produced and many have become extinct. * In some cases it appears that evolution proceeded by periods of rapid change, interspersed with periods of little or no change, We know a great deal about the organisms that lived millions of years ago from studying their fossilised remains. Theory of evolution
Woese believes that along the way biologists were seduced by their own success into thinking they had found the final truth about all evolution. "Biology built up a facade of mathematics around the juxtaposition of Mendelian genetics with Darwinism," he says. "And as a result it neglected to study the most important problem in science - the nature of the evolutionary process.". In particular, he argues, nothing in the modern synthesis explains the most fundamental steps in early life: how evolution could have produced the genetic code and the basic genetic machinery used by all organisms, especially the enzymes and structures involved in translating genetic information into proteins. Most biologists, following Francis Crick, simply supposed that these were uninformative "accidents of history". That was a big mistake, says Woese, who has made his academic reputation proving the point.. In 1977, Woese stunned biologists when his analysis of the genetic machinery involved in gene expression ...
Parallel-connected modules have been widely used in battery packs for electric vehicles nowadays. Unlike series-connected modules, the direct state inconsistency caused by parameter inconsistency in parallel modules is current and temperature non-uniformity, thus resulting in the inconsistency in th
Evolution can be considered to either have a direction or to be merely the result of the meandering of a complex system underpinned by random mutation. Convergent evolution would suggest, instead, ... More. Evolution can be considered to either have a direction or to be merely the result of the meandering of a complex system underpinned by random mutation. Convergent evolution would suggest, instead, that there are directions in the evolutionary process or that similar environmental contingencies generate similar solutions. A brief digression into human history and development would suggest that there is a direction, although often temporarily obscured. That direction is towards the construction of a suitable human niche in terms of satisfaction of basic life-long needs for food, water, and freedom from disease. The plant niche is often not referenced in the literature, but is constructed from a two-way flow of information between environment and organism. The environment and plant are to be ...
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Whether a locus evolves neutrally or under the influence of natural selection is of great interest in molecular evolutionary study
Many of the fascinating examples resulting from millions of years of evolution are known from the vertebrate lineage of chordate animals. Because of the vast range of body plan diversifications that have arisen, knowing vertebrate evolutionary morphology is crucial for exploring the structural basis reflecting processes of adaptive (but also neutral) evolution. As such, especially functional systems that form the core of the survival of vertebrate organisms can be expected to best reflect the processes of variation, natural selection and adaptation. Two systems that have been subjected to intense selective pressures, but still show a tremendous variation and specialization towards an increased performance, are the feeding and the locomotory systems. The research within the group focuses on several aspects underlying the morphological evolution of these two systems in several representative lineages of vertebrates. Particularly animal groups with extreme specializations and/or performance are the ...
Mono- and Stereopictres of 5.0 Angstrom coordination sphere of Zinc atom in PDB 3gjn: Following Evolutionary Paths to High Affinity And Selectivity Protein-Protein Interactions Using COLICIN7 and Immunity Proteins
In organisms like humans, or even mice, it can be difficult to study the effects of evolution because evolutionary changes take many generations to appear, and for us humans, a new generation takes over a decade, often longer. Furthermore, in complex organisms, many changes can be difficult to spot and follow over time. Enter the lowly bacteria, Escherichia coli, which reproduces very quickly, and has a small genome in which to watch for mutations. Since February of 1988, Richard Lenski and his colleagues have kept up a long term evolution experiment (LTEE), which has propagated a bacterial culture every day for over 50,000 generations. Every 500 generations (75 days), samples are taken and frozen so that researchers in the future can go back in time to determine when a particular trait may have arisen, changed, or disappeared.. In todays paper, Leiby and Marx used samples from the Lenski LTEE to investigate the mechanism by which evolutionary adaptation arises. In particular, they wanted to ...
Next up was Madison, who is 4 months younger than Luca. The two of them have a blast together, though it seems they are going through the mine! stage at the same time, which can be interesting. Madisons mom sometimes watches Luca for me for a few hours at a time, and Luca is mildly obsessed with her, in a good way. When she sees pictures of her, she says her name and sometimes when were out places shell see something that makes her think of Madison and shell talk about her. Its really, really cute. We hung out with Madison for a few hours so her mom and dad could go watch the Cardinals win the game that got them into the Super Bowl ...
Details work exploring the evolution of novel ribozymes (deoxyribo and ribonucleic acid catalysts) from populations of random sequences, attempting to shed light on the origins of biological catalysis.
Remember, normal text is copied from Evolution 101 by the Understanding Evolution team! (And yes, it really says that on their web site) http://evolution.berkeley.edu/BOLD font is me, Rent A Friend 2000, being Bold.The family treeThe process of evolution produces a pattern of relationships between species. .Its cute how they use the word
Background The ferlin gene family possesses a rare and identifying feature consisting of multiple tandem C2 domains and a C-terminal transmembrane domain. Much currently remains unknown about the...
Biological complexity is a feature that increases during evolution, distinguishing us from more primitive forms of life. Whereas it has no straightforward definition, it is generally accepted that it can be measured by the number of different cell types in an organism ranging from 1 (bacteria) to about 200 (humans) [1-4]. As complexity is apparently related to the amount of information an organism needs to function properly, and such information is contained in our genes, it was generally expected that the number of genes correlates with biological complexity. This was called into doubt and referred to as the G-value paradox [5]. There have been numerous attempts to resolve the paradox, citing multifunctionality of proteins [6], microRNAs [7], non-protein-coding DNA [8] or alternative splicing [9]. In this paper we set out to revisit this problem as the genomes of many more eukaryotes have been sequenced and new information has accumulated about their alternative splicing. In addition, we have ...
Big One Runners is a specific product used to keep the protein reserves in muscles intact. It allows all athletes to face the necessary and constantly increasing work loads, with optimal recovery rates.
The Problem: "Evolutionists gloss over this evo-foundation issue.". Evo-Sith Lady of evolution Eugenie Scott is executive director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc - basically an anti-creationist hate-group (see their website if you dont believe me, at www.ncseweb.org ). When John Gibson of FOX News (5/6/2005) asked her if evolution can answer how life got started, she replied, "No. But thats not what evolution is all about. Evolution is the inference that living things had common ancestors. The origin of life is a completely separate problem … creationists like to confuse the two, because they look at the origin of life as the soft underbelly of evolution." Eugenies got it wrong here, at least about me anyway. I do not see the origin of life as the "soft underbelly of evolution." I see the whole evo-theory as just one big gigantic soft spot! But lets look close at this in particular which she called a "soft underbelly" of evolution, shall we? This looking-close exercise, ...
A couple of weeks ago, if you randomly woke me in the middle of the night and demanded to know the fundamental difference between evolution and learning as adaptive processes, I would probably respond: how did you get into my house? and umm... I guess they are mostly the same, it is just a matter…
The versatility of the E220evolution Focused-ultrasonicator makes it possible to bring the advantages of AFA to numerous biological and chemical applications including: DNA and chromatin shearing, tissue homogenization, cell lysis, compound dissolution, and particle micronization. The E220evolution enables multi-sample, batch preparation, capable of processing a wide range of sample types and volumes and may be programed to process from 1 to 8 samples in a single batch. And, when workload increases, the E220evolution can be upgraded to an E220 capable of processing 1-96 samples/run or to an LE220 for high throughput processing without purchasing a new instrument.. ...