During the course of the football season, sports pundits fill the airwaves with predictions about the outcome of games to be played each week. Little agreement exists, and when the prognosticators do … more
From Ryan in Shimane, Japan:
Recently I have seen more and more atheists using an argument from retroviral insertion as proof that mankind evolved from a common ancestor.
The argument usually states … more
Pop psychologists identify four personality types: driver, analytical, friendly, and expressive. The latter group includes outgoing individuals who talk a lot. They are energetic and often quite … more
We live in a mobile society. People move around from city to city and state to state. Often, new career opportunities or the wish to live in a particularly desirable part of the country prompt the … more
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris
The blogosphere is replete with advice for taming clutter and … more
Video Url: http://c450255.r55.cf2.rackcdn.com/encode.mp4
Dr. Fuz Rana reports on phase 2 of the Encode project, biochemical research that he calls the most important of his lifetime.
UPDATE June 2013: This updated version of Dr. Rana's talk includes … more
The start of a new year provides opportunities to remember, but most of all it’s a time to look forward. What do we feel when we face the horizon of the future—hope or dread?
Though the … more
RTB’s Fuz Rana calls it the biggest discovery of his lifetime as a biochemist.
A massive new DNA research project called ENCODE has dramatically increased understanding of the human genome and … more
Watch the video summary on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqcgM9cGxik You might have seen- NBC News, New DNA project shows us living beyond our genes, Sep 05, 2012; … more
Chapter nine of Adam: Miracle, Myth, or Monkey more
Science Daily, "'Junk DNA' Defines Differences Between Humans and Chimps" Oct 25, 2011; www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111025122615.htm more
NBCI.gov, "Export and stability of naturally intronless mRNAs require specific coding region sequences and the TREX mRNA export complex" Oct 18, 2011; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22010220 more
I have a tendency to lose my reading glasses. Yet (with my husband’s help), I usually discover that they are in plain sight. Researchers may have felt like this recently when they discovered … more
Klondike Kat was a particular favorite. As a wildcat serving in the Canadian Mounties, Klondike Kat squared-off against his nemesis, a French-Canadian mouse named Savoir-Faire. After committing a … more
I started this article series by retelling an evolutionist’s claim that the existence of Alu elements in the human genome is proof of evolution. His hypothesis could be stated as follows: … more
For the last four weeks, this article series has detailed the junk DNA argument against intelligent design and shown why this argument no longer holds water. Last week, I focused exclusively on … more
In this series, we’ve been discussing the use of so-called “junk” DNA—specifically Alu elements—as an argument for evolution. In part 1, I explained why evolutionists … more
This article series has been exploring the issue of so-called “junk” DNA being used as evidence for evolution. Many biologists argue that these DNA segments must be the product of … more
In the first article in this series, I recalled my experience of hearing a biologist use the presence of Alu elements (a type of so-called “junk DNA”) in the human genome as a … more
I always imagined the desert as a lifeless sea of sand and heat—at least until about eight years ago. In early February I drove across the Mojave Desert on my way to Las Vegas. To my surprise, … more