Last year I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Dr Ulrich Keyser, a world-leader in "DNA origami" and synthetic nanopores from the University of Cambridge. He gave an excellent talk about his recent groundbreaking research, which I'll attempt to do justice to in this blog post outlining it. You may have heard of nanopores in the … Continue reading Nanopores and DNA Origami in Protein Detection
In 2013, a paper was published by researchers from New Zealand in the journal PLOS ONE entitled "Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Evolution from DNA Sequences". After reading it recently, I was surprised to find that it seems to have flown under the radar in popular science circles. I couldn't find any references to the article in … Continue reading Testing a Strong Prediction of Universal Common Ancestry
Two weeks ago, an article was published online in the inaugural issue of the new journal Nature Ecology & Evolution entitled "Experimental test and refutation of a classic case of molecular adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster". As the title suggests, the article soundly refutes a classic example of molecular adaption that was first established in a seminal paper by McDonald and … Continue reading Alcohol Tolerance in Fruit Flies: A Classic Case of Molecular Adaptation Refuted
By now I would hope everyone is familiar with the fusion resulting in human chromosome number 2, but for those who aren't, or would like a quick refresher, here is a short video of Dr Ken Miller explaining it: Note that that the fusion was a strong prediction of the theory of common descent, in other … Continue reading Chromosome 2 Fusion and Bayes Theorem: Support for Common Ancestry After All
I'm sure most of you are already pretty familiar with pseudogenes - they can be considered "vestigial" genes because they've lost their original protein-coding function, and are often totally non-functional. Processed pseudogenes are a specific kind of pseudogene that has been produced through the action of reverse transcriptase. A functional protein-coding gene is transcribed into … Continue reading Dating Processed Pseudogenes
Here's a very recent review paper about the bacterial Type VI Secretion System (T6SS), or for the laymen out there, this video gets the message across: I was first introduced to the T6SS as part of my undergraduate studies, in a class all about the effectors of disease possessed by bacteria and other microorganisms. I've been learning more … Continue reading The Type VI Secretion System
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