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Transposons from a non-telic perspective

Over at BioLogos, Dennis Venema provides the conventional view of transposons through a non-teleological prism.  Like many others, he thinks of transposons as parasites: They are the perfect parasites: using their host to provide resources so they can replicate themselves, … Continue reading

A reason for cytosine deamination

A few people have notified me to let me know that front-loading is being discussed on UD by someone with the moniker ‘genomicus.’ In one place, genomicus states that cytosine deamination is a prediction of front-loading.  Someone else with the … Continue reading

Fallout from a False Dichotomy

So what is the consequence of Avise’s false dichotomy?  The bulk of his paper is a detailed exploration of the “outlandish features of the human genome that defy notions of ID by a caring cognitive agent.”  While this is an … Continue reading

Introns and Design

[I've combined all the previous intron entries together to make it easier to read.  However, did not have the time to thoroughly edit, so some parts might seem a little repetitive.] Since I will be discussing introns, let me begin … Continue reading

Neutrality in the Matrix

A few days back, I posted this comment on the BioLogos blog: Wikipedia describes panselectionism as “the idea that selection is the only force strong enough to explain evolution, relaying random drift and mutations to minor roles.”  So where did … Continue reading

Alternative splicing

So how would introns work to facilitate the origin and/or spread of metazoan life? Let’s begin with one obvious example – alternative splicing. Below if figure to help you visualize this. We have one gene with 4 exons, the nucleotides … Continue reading

Another intron clue

Hey, there is one more clue we can add to the mix when considering introns.  Let me quote from Puzzles of the Human Genome: Why Do We Need Our Introns? By L. Fedorova and A. Fedorov (Current Genomics, 2005, 6, … Continue reading

Introns Intro

Since I will be discussing introns, let me begin with a few points of clarification. First, I will be focusing on introns found in protein-coding genes.  In other words, these are the introns that interrupt sequence that code for amino … Continue reading

Introns and Design

Over at his blog, Steve Matheson has been reviewing Stephen Meyer’s book, Signature in the Cell. Matheson quotes Meyer: ..the original DNA text in eukaryotic organisms has long sections of text called “introns” that do not (typically) encode proteins. Although … Continue reading

Attempts to Refute Front-loading Part 1

In the previous posting, we saw that Brayton, MacNeill, and Neufeld all attempted to refute the hypothesis of front-loading evolution (FLE).  Yet in doing so, the three rely on only two basic arguments.  Let’s consider the first argument. Brayton writes: … Continue reading