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Go to: Plant RNAs Found in Mammals

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The Final blow to the theorem of the Selfish Gene.............. ..... .... .... NOT!!

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:25:28 UTC | #873774

Go to: Your Genes: More Virus than Human

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Comment 8 by Ignorant Amos :

Comment 5 by Stefan Udrea

Since when it's 8% more than 92 % ?!

Listen to it again.....1.2% of our genome is protein coding genes, about 20,000. In comparison, viruses have about 100,000 elements or 8-9%.....don't forget about all the redundancy from history we pack, there's your 90% excess baggage.... crudely explained I know, an "expert" here will refine.

Excess baggage? Not at all. The redundant portions of the genome are now being found out as very important regulatory segments, which play roles in transcription regulation and epigenetics. In no way is 90% of our genome excess baggage.

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:39:22 UTC | #641197

Go to: India: atheism in the land of a thousand gods

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Read this article , and you will get an idea of what atheist Hindus are all about. And no, its not as common as people would imagine it to be.

Comment 3 by Jos Gibbons :

I have to commend those trying to effect a more vocal atheism in India. It'll do a tremendous amount of good it if works, and not just for atheist Indians, but for Indians in general. I was fascinated by the teaching vs business example in this article since it's interesting to think that, in a religious setting where people feel further compulsions (e.g. feeling compelled to choose vocations their parents recommend), they feel proportionally greater benefits in irreligiosity. The religion-atheism distinction his more nuanced in its sociology than a one-culture perspective might lead us to expect.

Now I've heard it said at least one of the major forms of Hindu thought is atheistic, in which case we'd need to factor that into how we analyse the Indian situation; for example, atheists who claim no religion would be in a very different position from Hindus who concede to being atheistic. But I'd appreciate if anyone who is either Indian or familiar with the situation in India first-hand $ could give us a low-down on just how common such a version of Hinduism really is. Is it, for example, something British Hindus I've met fall back on to defend their religion, but which in truth doesn't reflect how Hindus typically feel when they're a majority in a nation? (For comparison, British Muslims in my experience don't think of their religion as making the same demands Muslims in the Middle East typically imagine.)

$ A scientific or statistical analysis on the matter would if anything be even better, I suppose.

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 00:44:21 UTC | #637744

Go to: Mammals' large brains evolved for smell

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I see what you did there

Comment 1 by liq :

Smells like this could be an interesting read.

Sun, 22 May 2011 22:40:12 UTC | #629673

Go to: Protein flaws responsible for complex life, study says

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The title is so misleading. It suggests that ALL of complexity arose by protein flaws. I am not denying that protein structure can contribute to complexity, but these "small" flaws however cannot be passed on from one generation to the next, unless these "flaws" themselves are a result of gene mutations. Otherwise, occurrence of dehydrons will be totally randon, and won't have any 'meaning'.

Sun, 22 May 2011 22:33:37 UTC | #629666

Go to: [UPDATE 16-Apr] 48 Hours to Stop Uganda's Gay Death Penalty - please sign the petition

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Comment 47 by Snaevar :

Comment 45 by ai1888 :

For the last time, these online petitions do not help in any way.

You were saying something?

Yes, you could argue that these petitions played either no role or a very small one in some cases, but the fact is that a lot of the people and organizations being petitioned have never been roundly criticized in this manner before. Apply some pressure on them through petitions like these, and they may see the error of their ways (or at least better understand the opposition that their policies and actions face).

Don't be a cynic. It's better to speak out than to stay quiet. Even if it doesn't end the problems right there and then, it gets people talking, and the more people talking and speaking out about these issues, the better.

I am not being cynical. But the petition gives false promises, saying that the Uganda government will veto the bill if the e-petition gets a million signs. Being a skeptical community, I expected more honesty. Generating awareness can be done in more efficient ways, than to outright lie like this.

Wed, 11 May 2011 08:52:24 UTC | #625720

Go to: [UPDATE 16-Apr] 48 Hours to Stop Uganda's Gay Death Penalty - please sign the petition

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For the last time, these online petitions do not help in any way.

Wed, 11 May 2011 07:59:12 UTC | #625702