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Wasted Templeton Funding (3)

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Templeton grant funds evolution rethink

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…parents can influence offspring not just through their DNA but by passing on the microorganisms they host or by transmitting epigenetic marks to subsequent generations. “Innovation may be a developmental response that becomes stabilized through genetic changes,” explains Armin Moczek, an evolutionary developmental biologist at Indiana University, Bloomington.

My comment: He has not explained how nutrient energy-dependent changes in base pairs link hydrogen-atom transfer in solutions from microRNA flanking sequences and adhesion proteins to supercoiled DNA, which protects the organized genomes of all living genera from virus-driven entropy.  But, when I first saw the name Moczek, I was reminded of Danesh Moazed, who has been linking biologically-based cause and effect from RNA-mediated cell type differentiation in yeasts to humans for as long as I have.
1996 A Deubiquitinating Enzyme Interacts with SIR4 and Regulates Silencing in S. cerevisiae
2015 RNA-mediated epigenetic regulation of gene expression
See for comparison:
1996 From Fertilization to Adult Sexual Behavior
2013 Nutrient-dependent/pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution: a model
2015 You are already here: Welcome to RNA-Mediated

A Message From J.V.Kohl:

Here you will find information that links physics, chemistry, and molecular epigenetics via RNA-mediated events such as the de novo creation of olfactory receptor genes in order to encourage a public discussion of a paradigm shift.

See also this invited review of nutritional epigenetics: Nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations: from atoms to ecosystems
This abstract has already been accepted in the context of a poster session I plan to present at: Genetics and Genomics

RNA-mediated physics, chemistry, and molecular epigenetics

Olfaction and the innate immune system link energy as information from the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of supercoiled DNA. The sun’s biological energy is the source of the information that links angstroms to ecosystems via physics, chemistry, and molecular epigenetics.
RNA-mediated protein folding chemistry and amino acid substitutions link the anti-entropic quantized energy of sunlight from the virucidal effects of ultraviolet (UV) light to healthy longevity via biophysically-constrained energy-dependent hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs in solution and cell type differentiation.
Biomarkers link energy-dependent differences in base pairs and amino acid substitutions to biosignatures across the healthy life span. RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions also reveal the increasing complexity of interactions among cell types as pathology progresses.  For comparison, successful reproduction links energy from supercoiled DNA to protection of all organized genomes from virus-driven energy theft and pathology.
This model links the sun’s biological energy from top-down causation in microbes to the most recent model of bottom-up gene activation and cell type differentiation in vertebrates. Citations to extant literature provide examples of  what is currently known about how ecological variation leads to biophysically constrained cell type differentiation in the context of nutritional epigenetics and Precision Medicine, which clearly link metabolic networks and genetic networks to pharmacogenomics.
See also: Virus fighter may have played a key role in human evolution
 

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Wasted Templeton Funding (2)

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Templeton grant funds evolution rethink

Excerpt:

The extended evolutionary synthesis is a term coined in 2007 to imply that the preeminent current evolutionary theory, the so-called modern synthesis, needed to broaden its focus because it concentrated too much on the role of genes in evolution and lacked adequate incorporation of new insights from development and other areas of biology.

My comment: That is an understatement! The problems with the so-called modern synthesis are perfectly clear:
1) [W]hat Haldane, Fisher, Sewell Wright, Hardy, Weinberg et al. did was invent…. Evolution was defined as “changes in gene frequencies in natural populations.” The accumulation of genetic mutations was touted to be enough to change one species to another…. Assumptions, made but not verified, were taught as fact.
2) The entire evolution of the microbial world and the virus world, and the interaction between microbes and viruses and other life forms have been left out of the Modern Synthesis…
3) …evolutionary science has now “moved on to such an extent” that she and Peter Saunders don’t really care anymore about “trying to convince the neo-Darwinists.”
All serious scientists have since linked angstroms to ecosystems via what is known about the biophysically constrained chemistry of energy-dependent protein folding and links from the innate immune system to supercoiled DNA, which protects all organized genomes from virus-driven energy theft and entropy in the context of the physiology of reproduction.
See for example:

See also: Precision Medicine Program to Get $9.3M in NHLBI Funding for Omics Research
One of the things they are asking for is:

“Causal modeling using whole genome sequences and functional genomics data to enhance discovery of influential genetic and epigenetic variants that influence [heart, lung, blood, and sleep] HLBS disorders;”

My comment: They are asking for what has already been included in every model of biologically-based cell type differentiation that has ever been detailed by serious scientists.  Now, the  Templeton Foundation has awarded $8.7M to fund research that can only benefit humanity by answering Schrodinger’s question “What is Life?” in the context of what is known about how the energy-dependent RNA-mediated innate immune system and supercoiled DNA protect life from virus-driven energy theft.”How often do we still hear that quantum effects can have little relevance in the study of biology, or even that we eat food in order to gain energy?” — Roger Penrose