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