Excerpt: “The best we can know about origin of life may be from viruses we are looking at. They could have been at the origin of life before they parasitized it, or became symbionts in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. . . .”
My comment: Let’s really get it right. Were viruses created first or did they parasitize all creation via perturbation of nutrient-dependent RNA-mediated protein folding in the context of the biophysically constrained chemistry of reproduction?
If all viruses are parasites, it is not likely that they automagically evolved before the cells that provide them with their energy source. Is it?
If not, nutrient-dependent RNA-mediated events link ecological variation to ecological adaptations, and viruses are linked only to pathology, not the evolution of anything new. That makes nutrient-dependent ecological adaptation the basis of everything. Doesn’t it?
SARCASM ALERT: That was a rhetorical question.
Ecological variation is linked to ecological adaptation via the biophysically constrained nutrient-dependent physiology of RNA-mediated protein folding chemistry. The biophysically constrained chemistry is the basis of everything that links atoms to ecosystems via Schrodinger’s claims in “What is Life.”
…the extremely well-ordered state of matter in more or less complicated organic compounds, which serve them as foodstuffs. After utilizing it they return it in a very much degraded form -not entirely degraded, however, for plants can still make use of it. (These, of course, have their most power supply of ‘negative entropy’ the sunlight)
Eibi Nevo may have been blinded by the sun’s biological anti-entropic energy. He appears to see it only in the ridiculous context of evolution. He claims:
… if you look into the African slope, the south facing slope, which gets up to 800% more solar radiation than the European north facing slope — you see dramatic differences in the biodiversity between the savannoid African and forested European slopes. . . . This represents a cradle of sympatric speciation, i.e., the origination of new biological species within freely inbreeding populations of abutting slopes. . .
My question: Did someone change the definition of a species to make it include what happens among freely inbreeding populations? How is that linked to the origination of new biological species?
My comment: If it cannot be, Eibi Nevo may need to learn that different morphological and behavioral phenotypes of white-throated sparrows link ecological variation to ecological adaptations via difference in parental feeding and chromosomal rearrangements.
My question: Does sympatric speciation occur in the absence of the controlled physiology of reproduction across species?
My comment: If not, chromosomal rearrangements appear to be linked to morphological and to behavioral traits in all vertebrates via differences in the feeding behaviors of grazing and predatory nematodes and the sequencing of the octopus genome, which links virus-driven changes in the microRNA/mesenger RNA balance to nutrient-dependent ecological speciation in all living genera.
Alternatively, biologically uninformed theorists may continue to make claims about evolution that do not incorporate anything that has been learned about RNA-mediated cell type differentiation since Dobzhansky (1973) linked a single amino acid substitution to differences the morphological traits of primates.
For example, the so-called alpha chains of hemoglobin have identical sequences of amino acids in man and the chimpanzee, but they differ in a single amino acid (out of 141) in the gorilla” (p. 127).
Eibi Nevo got it right when he linked underground hypoxia and hemoglobin to convergent evolution in all subterranean mammals across the world. He missed the link to hypoxia in hummingbirds, deer mice, and hemoglobin variants in humans. That links link sun exposure, availability of iron, and oxygen levels to RNA-mediated cell type differentiation via the physiology of their nutrient-dependent reproduction. Claims about mutations in the deer mice can be overlooked because cell type differentiation RNA-mediated via amino acid substitutions in all vertebrates. Researchers can’t seem to get that right, perhaps because they know nothing about physics, chemistry, or molecular epigenetics.
Clearly, getting one thing right in an interview like this attests to how little evolutionary theorists have contributed to scientific progress in the context of precision medicine, which links viruses to pathology and the sun’s biological energy from nutritional epigenetics to pharmacogenomic profiles, that include profiles for the early detection of virus-driven cancers.