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Genetic Testing at Walgreens – the First Wave of Personalized ...

Soon you may be able to buy genetic testing kits at your local Walgreens, Pathway Genomics announced this week. The kits include directions on how to send a sample of your saliva back to the company for testing. The initial products will include “individualized Genetic Insight™ Report for Drug Response ($79), Pre-Pregnancy Planning ($179), Health Conditions ($179) or a combination of all three ($249)” according to the company. Are these kits reliable? What do you do with the information? The reliability of such tests depends upon the depth of understanding of our genetic “blueprint” [more...]

Date: 2010-05-14 14:21:42

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Evolution News & Views: "Junk" DNA: Darwinism's Last Stand?

In 1980, Francis Crick and Leslie Orgel argued in Nature that "much DNA in higher organisms is little better than junk." The spread of junk DNA in the course of evolution "can be compared to the spread of a not-too-harmful parasite within its host." Since it is unlikely that such DNA has a function, "it would be folly in such cases to hunt obsessively for one." In a companion article, W. Ford Doolittle and Carmen Sapienza similarly argued that many organisms contain "DNAs whose only 'function' is survival within genomes," and that "the search for other explanations may prove, if not [more...]

Date: 2009-06-04 16:00:00


Evolution News & Views: Time Aping over Human-Chimp Genetic ...

Darwinists often cite similarities in non-coding DNA as evidence of chimp-human common ancestry. Yet the Time article explains that non-coding DNA has function--perhaps holding the functions responsible for the differences between humans and chimps: Those molecular switches lie in the noncoding regions of the genome--once known dismissively as junk DNA but lately rechristened the dark matter of the genome. ... "But it may be the dark matter that governs a lot of what we actually see." Though the article still asserts much of the genome is junk, Richard Sternberg and James A. Shapiro wrote [more...]

Date: 2006-10-04 18:02:26


Genome Size, Code Bloat, And Proof-by-analogy

For a process of inter-lineage sorting to affect genome size more generally, large amounts of non-coding DNA would have to be insufficiently detrimental in the short term to be removed by organism-level selection, and would have to improve lineage survival and/or enhance speciation rates, such that over time one would observe a world dominated by lineages with huge genomes. In principle, this would be compatible with the conclusions of the model under discussion, at least in broad outline. In practice, however, this is undone by evidence that lineages with exorbitant genomes are restricted to [more...]

Date: 2008-01-17 10:58:47


Junk DNA: When The Science Hits The Fan -- Changes Edition

Carotenoids are made and reside in chloroplasts along with chlorophyll. These yellow and orange pigments are always present, however the number of chlorophyll molecules far outnumbers the amount of carotenoid molecules. Therefore, the green chlorophyll color masks the yellow and orange pigments during the growing seasons. As the nights get longer, chlorophyll production comes to a halt and all of the residual chlorophyll in the leaf is broken down. When this happens, the underlying carotenoid pigments become visible. Anthyocyanin is the last major type of pigment present in leaves. In [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 16:31:00


Pleiotropy: Some more junk DNA shown to have function

It shows a function for some "junk DNA" - DNA that does not serve any function for the developing organisms - namely in coding for micropeptides (very short proteins), which have now been shown to have a regulatory function in Drosophila. The first lines of the abstract readsA substantial proportion of eukaryotic transcripts are considered to be noncoding RNAs because they contain only short open reading frames (sORFs). Recent findings suggest, however, that some sORFs encode small bioactive peptides. Here, we show that peptides of 11 to 32 amino acids encoded by the polished rice (pri) sORF [more...]

Date: 2010-07-19 07:00:00


Al Fin: A Hint of Epigenetics

We are learning that the genetic code is only the short, first chapter in a very long book. The non-genetic "code" -- the non-coding DNA and RNA -- has a logic all its own. We are just beginning to decrypt the obscure cipher. The possibilities for the transformation of life as we know it seem just as grandiose as were the hopes of the early promoters of the human genome enterprise. Only this time, we are working at a deeper level of sophistication. How many more levels will we need to descend before we reach the promised land of genetic medicine? ... some 95 or 98 percent of human DNA was [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 15:07:00


Evolution News & Views: "Junk DNA" Takes Yet More Heavy Blows

Not only have we succeeded in effectively doubling the size of the known functional genome virtually overnight, but we have also discovered a new "RNA language." How will Moran, Matheson, Prothero, and other believers in "junk DNA" respond to [more...]

Date: 2010-06-25 15:31:38


UFO Religions » On the Pointless Demand for Alien-Human DNA Testing

Junk human DNA doesn't qualify since it's … human (and the more geneticists learn about the human genome the less they are sure that stuff is junk). This post over at Uncommon Descent throws another wrench in any such “testing” — and in [more...]

Date: 2010-09-27 16:34:49


Evolution News & Views: When "Junk DNA" Isn't Junk: Farewell to a ...

In the Darwinist repertoire, a standard response to evidence of design in the genome is to point to the existence of "junk DNA." What is it doing there, if purposeful design really is detectable in the history of life's development? Of course this assumes that the "junk" really is junk. That assumption has been cast increasingly into doubt. New research just out in the journal Nature Genetics finds evidence that genetic elements previously thought of as rubbish are anything but that. The research describes tiny strands of RNA, previously thought to be junk, that now turn out to play a role in [more...]

Date: 2009-04-28 16:20:29


A Japanese Plant Has the World's Biggest Genome

“Effectively, some cells carry massive amounts of 'junk,' or at least non-coding DNA, whereas others have very little,” Lane said. We can't wait for the reaction of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute's creationist public [more...]

Date: 2010-10-09 23:39:18


Junk DNA and Complexity Science: A Sad mix

A quote from an extremely mediocre book, Complexity: A Guided Tour. Like most people coming out of the 'complexity sciences', the author has a mediocre grasp of molecular biology, both current developments, and the history of the field. It's frustrating that these network people keep hyping supposedly new revolutionary discoveries made the past 10 years of the genome era - discoveries, that in fact have been known for decades. For people clearly new to biology, molecular biology before the year 2000 was a big black hole of ignorance. There are several claims that make me angry in this book, [more...]

Date: 2010-05-21 19:56:10


Darwin's God: Judge Jones: I was taken to school

In reflecting on the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District court case over which he presided, federal judge John Jones recalls that he “was taken to school.” Ever since his liberal arts days at Dickinson College, Jones has never doubted evolution. But his knowledge of the biological details, what little there was to begin with, was by 2005 quite stale. All that changed in the Kitzmiller case where Jones learned from various expert witnesses. It was, Jones recalled, “the equivalent of a degree in this area.” And Jones is confident his new knowledge served him well. “Folks who [more...]

Date: 2010-10-11 07:29:00


The Mermaid's Tale: BIG shoes to fill!

They have launched a search for the mythical Himalayan Yeti, often known as BigFoot in the US because the Wild West mountains have also been rumoured to be inhabited by the same, or at least some, large ape-like non-human primate.  Chinese researchers have been searching since the 1970s. There have been more than 400 reported sightings of the half-man, half-ape in the Shennongjia area. In the past, explorers have found inconclusive evidence that researchers claimed to be proof of Bigfoot's existence, including hair, footprints, excrement and a sleeping nest, Xinhua reported.Is there no [more...]

Date: 2010-10-11 09:00:00


Be Aware: The Nexus Approaches! | Dimensional Bliss

restore our DNA from its current state which only uses 3% of its capacities to a renewed state of 100% remembrance. Translated: 97% of what scientist call junk DNA will be reactivated. WoW…a jolt of electricity that courses through our veins, awakening our souls and minds. No one is going to escape this phenomena. Thank you Hunab Ku! Our main problem lies then with the Dark Lords who currently control the 3D world. They are also fully aware of the approaching Nexus and have set out a program to depopulate the Earth as much as possible. Why would they do that? Who are these Dark [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 16:39:00


Junk DNA: Function And Non-function

It is commonly suggested by anti-evolutionists that recent discoveries of function in non-coding DNA support intelligent design and refute "Darwinism". This misrepresents both the history and the science of this issue. I would like to provide some clarification of both aspects. When people began estimating genome sizes (amounts of DNA per genome) in the late 1940s and early 1950s, they noticed that this is largely a constant trait within organisms and species. In other words, if you look at nuclei in different tissues within an organism or in different organisms from the same species, the [more...]

Date: 2008-01-23 21:25:11


Be Aware: The Nexus Approaches! > Navajo

This incoming beam of bluish-white light will alter and restore our DNA from its current state which only uses 3% of its capacities to a renewed state of 100% remembrance. Translated: 97% of what scientist call junk DNA will be reactivated. WoW…a jolt of electricity that courses through our veins, awakening our souls and minds. No one is going to escape this phenomena. Thank you Hunab Ku! Our main problem lies then with the Dark Lords who currently control the 3D world. They are also fully aware of the approaching Nexus and have set out a program to depopulate the Earth as much as possible. [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 08:00:54


Craig Venter Profile - Breakthrough Leadership Winner Craig Venter ...

Having a clear definition of which genes are essential is going to be important for future design projects. As the population goes from 6.8 billion people to more than 9 billion over the next 40 years, we’re going to need a lot more food, clean water, medicine and fuel to power all these things. We’re now a society that’s 100 percent dependent on science for our survival. It’s not a gentleman’s sport. We think this is one of the most powerful tools—at least on the biology side—that we can apply to all these critical needs. Q: How did a former surf bum, as some have called you, make [more...]

Date: 2010-10-04 11:30:00


Redundant Genetic Instructions in 'Junk DNA' Support Healthy ...

The research results, published in the July 22 issue of the journal Nature, add to the growing body of evidence that so-called "junk DNA" is anything but rubbish. The term "junk DNA" is commonly used to describe the portion of the genome that doesn't contain genes, which are pieces of DNA that code for the production of proteins and other molecules that have specific functions. The noncoding region is often surprisingly large; in humans, some 98 percent of the genome merits "junk" status. But according to David Stern, a Princeton professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary [more...]

Date: 2010-09-02 17:46:41


New Treatment for Junk DNA Induced Cancers Discovered

Australian scientists from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane’s Queensland Institute of Medical Research and American scientists from the University of California San Francisco report that junk DNA induced cancers can be reversed by shrinking the tumors. The results of their study are published in the September 2010 issue of the journal Nature Medicine. Background of the Research on Junk DNA Induced Cancer Treatment: In 1998, scientists Andrew Fire and Craig Mello discovered that some DNA molecules produce RNA molecules which in turn do not produce proteins, as is [more...]

Date: 2010-10-02 07:17:34


Judge to review conviction in Texas arson-murder case – This Just ...

A Texas judge is set to consider whether a man who was executed for setting a fire that killed his children was wrongly convicted on what his supporters call "junk science." State District Judge Charles Baird granted a request from Cameron Todd Willingham's family for a hearing to investigate whether he was wrongfully convicted using flawed science. The family's petition, filed September 24 in Travis County, also asks the court to examine whether the state  failed to adequately consider potentially exculpatory evidence before putting Willingham to death in 2004. The lawsuit asks the court [more...]

Date: 2010-10-05 23:14:16


Code of Life (The) - Answers Bookstore

Format: DVD Length: 45 mins. Dimensions: 5.25 x 7.5 in. Ages: 15 & up Publisher: Answers in Genesis–US Published: 2007 The letters DNA have become a part of everyday language—in the media, schools, churches, and homes. DNA exists in the cells of all living organisms and contains an incalculable amount of information necessary for life. Evolutionary interpretations have led to the incorrect beliefs that mutations and natural selection are responsible for adding the information necessary for molecules-to-man evolution and that "junk" DNA is merely a leftover from this process. This [more...]

Date: 2007-11-15 08:00:00


Evolution News & Views: The 'Junk DNA' Paradigm Continues To ...

The 'Junk DNA' Paradigm Continues To Collapse As New Functions Are Discovered For Retrotransposons The literature continues to flood in demonstrating that so-called 'junk' regions of the genome are not junk after all, but serve significant and important functions. One such recent paper reports evidence that retrotransposons may play significant roles in the cell. According to the abstract, Retrotransposons including endogenous retroviruses and their solitary long terminal repeats (LTRs) compose >40% of the human genome. Many of them are located in intergenic regions far from genes. Whether [more...]

Date: 2010-07-22 17:19:54


Coming Soon to You - Massive DNA Destruction - Let's Roll Forums

Metaphysicians tell us that an individual's DNA composition approximates one's consciousness, and vice versa: One's consciousness determines one's DNA structure. Attack one, you attack the other. Improve one and you improve the other. Mainstream Doctors Fritz-Albert Popp and Bruce Lipton both tell us that our DNA appears to be the vital link between our physicality and spirituality. Dr. Popp, founder of the International Institute of Biophysics, at Neuss, Germany, and Dr. Lipton, of the University of Wisconsin, both confirm that modern science now realizes and recognizes that our DNA [more...]

Date: 2010-10-05 04:41:08


Pumpkins 2010

Harper and I ventured out to Gentry's Farm for one of our favorite Fall activities...Pumpkin Pickin' (Pickin'? The South must be wearing off on [more...]

Date: 2010-10-10 22:50:00


DNA Tests

A maternity or paternity identification test is conducted to establish whether a person is the biological parent of another person. A test to prove paternity (whether a man is someone's father) is known as a paternity test; a test to prove maternity (whether a woman is someone's mother) is called a maternity test.Although paternity tests are more common than maternity tests, there may be circumstances in which the biological mother of the child is unclear. Examples include cases of an adopted child attempting to reunify with his or her biological mother, potential hospital mix-ups, and in [more...]

Date: 2009-06-24 10:45:00


My Blog On Life « Seril

Suggested concurrence between the functional human, seo sheffield and chimpanzee DNA sequences range between 95% and 99%;(see. also “junk” DNA It has been estimated that the human lineage diverged from that of chimpanzees about five million years ago, and from that of gorillas about eight million years ago. However, a hominid skull discovered in Chad in 2001, classified as Sahelanthropus tchadensis, is approximately seven million years old, which may indicate an earlier divergence.Human evolution is characterised by a number of important [more...]

Date: 2010-09-19 10:45:59


Prescribed Reading On Prescriptive Information | Uncommon Descent

While initiatives such as the Origin Of Life Prize have encouraged researchers to find non-super-naturalistic processes that might explain the origins of prescriptive information, no offerings to-date have withstood the test of scientific scrutiny. Indeed all known cases of such information invariably point to the work of a mind. Johnson emphasizes the relevance of probability in his espousal of this inference- the simplest form of life was found to be 10exp80,000 times more likely of having a mindful than a non-mindful source. Johnson repeatedly stresses how the information content of DNA is [more...]

Date: 2010-10-11 16:49:10


Want's to know if youer Ivory is Legal or Fake - DNA Test

Want’s to know if youer Ivory is Legal or Fake – DNA Test by sshats on March 26, 2010 Until recently, it was often impossible to determine whether an ivory carving purchased in, say, Bangkok was made from legally from the tusk of a domesticated Asian elephant or illegally from its African cousin as well it’s harder to determine  the Age of  the Elephant Ivory before 1975 or If it’s Mammoth ivory or Elephant Ivory. But today a simple DNA test costing a couple of hundred dollars can spot the contraband. In November, it uncovered a major cache of African ivory in Thailand and led to [more...]

Date: 2010-03-26 23:20:47


Evolution News & Views: Intelligent Design and the Death of the ...

For instance, in a recent issue of the Journal of Theoretical Biology, John Bodnar describes how "non-coding DNA in eukaryotic genomes encodes a language which programs organismal growth and development." Design encourages scientists to look for function where evolution discourages it. (William Dembski, "Intelligent Science and Design," First Things, Vol. 86:21-27 (October 1998))In 2002, Dr. Richard Sternberg surveyed the literature and found extensive evidence for function of certain types of junk-DNA and argued that "neo-Darwinian 'narratives' have been the primary obstacle to elucidating [more...]

Date: 2007-06-15 23:03:39


Evolution News & Views: Does Darrel Falk's Junk DNA Argument for ...

Dr. Falk appears to be too hasty in his assumption that pseudogenes have "no function" and thereby show evidence for common ancestry. The bottom line is that the "junk" or "gibberish" DNA paradigm is being consistently overturned as time goes on, and we now know that the vast majority of our DNA has function. As one news article said when reporting on the results of the ENCODE project in 2007: The findings, from a project involving hundreds of scientists in 11 countries and detailed in 29 papers being published today, confirm growing suspicions that the stretches of 'junk DNA' flanking [more...]

Date: 2010-03-23 19:00:45


DNA: The Tree of Life ( Humanity Hacking Immortality )

Visit my website http Seek Knowledge for “Life” Music by korn (Evolution) Visit my blog key-universe.blogspot.com DNA en.wikipedia.org Nucleic acid en.wikipedia.org Genetics en.wikipedia.org Protein en.wikipedia.org RNA en.wikipedia.org Polymer en.wikipedia.org Nucleotide en.wikipedia.org Nucleobase en.wikipedia.org Genetic code en.wikipedia.org Amino acid en.wikipedia.org Chromosome en.wikipedia.org DNA replication en.wikipedia.org Eukaryote en.wikipedia.org Helix en.wikipedia.org DNA sequencing en.wikipedia.org Junk DNA en.wikipedia.org Triple-stranded DNA en.wikipedia.org History of [more...]

Date: 2010-08-27 22:27:16


Evolution News & Views: Guy Walks Into a Bar and Thinks He's a ...

Part of the reason for this is if one decides to take into account the plethora of species-specific DNA insertions and deletions ("indels") that are present along any segment compared between chimp and human, the percentage of identity drops. Another reason is that duplications, inversions, translocations, and transpositions at all scales uniquely characterize the two genome sequences -- these have to be untangled before aligning the sequences in order to measure their similarity. Also, the 99% identity figure is often derived from protein-coding regions that only comprise about 1.5% of the [more...]

Date: 2009-05-14 19:06:54


The ID Report - Prescribed Reading On Prescriptive Information

Shannon information, which provides a mathematical measure of improbability without regard to functionality does not help us in the description of life since the digital code of DNA is rich in what Johnson terms 'functional prescriptive information'. While initiatives such as the Origin Of Life Prize have encouraged researchers to find non-super-naturalistic processes that might explain the origins of prescriptive information, no offerings to-date have withstood the test of scientific scrutiny. Indeed all known cases of such information invariably point to the work of a mind. Johnson [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 17:04:50



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