Former “Junk DNA,” STRs Found to Be “Rheostats” that “Precisely Regulate Gene Expression”

autism, binding kinetics, biology, cancer, Crohn’s disease, DNA, eukaryotes, Evolution, fine-tuning, gene expression, Genomics Proteomics & Bioinformatics, heaters, human genome, Intelligent Design, Junk DNA, light dimmer, motor speed, motors, mutations, nucleotides, ovens, phenotypes, power control, proteins, regulatory elements, repetitive elements, rheostat, schizophrenia, Science (journal), Short Tandem Repeats, STRs, transcription factor
Rheostats are “often used as power control devices, for example to control light intensity (dimmer), speed of motors, heaters, and ovens.” Source
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Is the Cell a Machine, or More Like a Mind? 

Barbara McClintock, cell, cellular architecture, cellular behavior, cellular cognition, Chance and Necessity, circuitry, cognition, conformation, Daniel Nicholson, DNA, electronic circuitry, function, functional promiscuity, Intelligent Design, intracellular transport, Jacques Monod, Journal of Theoretical Biology, lymphotactin, machine, machine conception of the cell, machine metaphor, membranes, molecular biology, neural circuitry, Neuroscience & Mind, nucleic acids, proteins, self-assembly, Sewall Wright, wiring
At least as we’re accustomed to thinking in our age of AI, the alternative to a machine is a mind. Source
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A Theoretical Biologist’s Mission Impossible: Banish Teleology While Retaining Meaning

academic politics, Chemistry, consciousness, Darwinian evolution, DNA, Evolution, genes, genetic code, information, Intelligent Design, Marcello Barbieri, materialism, Meaning, natural selection, paradigm, physics, private truth, public truth, teleology, University of Ferrara
The nonsense will cease eventually. But eventually is a long way off, if Barbieri’s dilemma is any guide. Source
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Asking Questions Demonstrates Human Exceptionalism

Albert Einstein, animals, Bible, chatbot, ChatGPT, cosmos, curiosity, DNA, electronic technology, fine-tuning, history, human exceptionalism, Human Origins, humans, imagination, Intelligent Design, Irreducible Complexity, metaphysics, natural world, Physics, Earth & Space, prompt engineering, Questions
This human trait of question-asking begins almost as soon as we learn to talk. Young children can confound their parents with their rapid-fire questions. Source
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On the Irreducible Complexity of Sperm Cells

acrosin, acrosome, acrosome phase, bacterial flagellum, biology, calcium ions, cap phase, capacitation, cervix, Daniela Nicastro, DNA, dyneins, egg cell, ejaculation, Evolution, fertilization, fertilized egg, flagellum, foresight, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, Golgi phase, haploid genome, Harvard University, human reproduction, hyaluronidase, infant, Intelligent Design, intent, intercourse, Irreducible Complexity, Jianfeng Lin, middle piece, mitochondria, ovum, reproduction, reproductive tract, seminal fluid, sperm cells, sperm flagellum, teleology, uterine tubes, uterus, zygote
Human reproduction is perhaps the quintessential example of teleology in biology. Source
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What Do We Know about the Origin of Rhinos?

African elephant, African savanna, biology, Ceratotherium simum, DNA, Donald R. Prothero, Evolution, fossil record, Intelligent Design, Microevolution, mutations, Niles Eldredge, rhinoceroses, Rhinocerotidae, rhinocerotids, Rhinocerotoidea, Stephen Jay Gould, superfamily, Teletaceras, Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig
Although they are not the handsomest or most graceful creatures in the animal kingdom, the Rhinocerotoidea (superfamily) are a fascinating group for research. Source
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Casey Luskin Debunks a Museum’s Evolutionary Propaganda

Casey Luskin, Darwinian processes, DNA, Eric Anderson, Evolution, evolutionary theory, Fazale Rana, Guillermo Gonzalez, Hugh Ross, Human Origins, ID The Future, James Tour, just-so stories, Marcos Eberlin, Maropeng Museum, materialism, Podcast, Richard Dawkins, Science and Faith in Dialogue, South Africa, Stephen Meyer
Luskin and host Eric Anderson call evolutionary theory to task for being overly supple, offering just-so stories to explain a behavior AND its opposite. Source
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The Elephant in the Science Lab

Albert Einstein, ammonia, biochemistry, biology, Carl Woese, Chemistry, DNA, electrical charge, Evolution, H2O, hydrogen, inorganic chemistry, Intelligent Design, Isaac Newton, lipids, macromolecules, model, molecular biology, molecules, oxygen, physics, proteins, purpose, RNA, science, science of purpose, Senses, Tinkertoys, water
I have been seeking to describe the science of purpose. Now it is worth getting down to the basics of what science actually is and how it works. Source
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New Exhibition on the Bible and Science Opens in Nation’s Capital

Anthony Schmidt, Arno Penzias, Arthur Holly Compton, Bible, biology, Buzz Aldrin, Cambridge University, Catholic priest, Charles Townes, communion, cosmology, Culture, Deborah Haarsma, DNA, Evolution, Faith & Science, Fred Hoyle, Georges Lemaître, Guillermo Gonzalez, humans, Intelligent Design, James Gordon, Jeffrey Williams, Johannes Kepler, John Ray, Leslie Wickman, Melissa Cain Travis, Museum of the Bible, Nancy Pearcey, Nicholas Copernicus, Nobel Prize, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Ota Benga, Pentateuch, Physics, Earth & Space, Psalms, Robert Jastrow, Science and Scripture, Signature in the Cell, St. George Jackson Mivart, Stephen Meyer, The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of Creation, Thinking God’s Thoughts, Total Truth
Tracing the development of science over two millennia, the exhibition challenges a popular misconception about the relationship between the Bible and science. Source
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