Evolution

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The human genome is about 3.1 billion nucleotides long. 8-10% of your genome is retroviral-ish. We will be conservative and go with 8%– thats 248,000,000 nucleotides of retrovirus. The average retrovirus is about 10,000 nucleotides long. So we should have ~ 24,800 retroviral elements in our genome. But there must be more than that, because…

Endogenous viruses in viruses

Viruses are everywhere. Theyre even in other viruses. A couple of scientists at Portland States ‘Center for Life in Extreme Environments’ just found a virus in the sediment of Boiling Springs Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park (‘boiling’? ‘volcanic’? sounds cozy!). It is a single-strand, circular DNA virus. Well, okee dokie! Every new virus we…

HB1551 is dead

The Young Earth Creationist Intelligent Design Creationist ‘Academic Freedom’ bill ‘authored’ by infamous Young Earth Creationist Intelligent Design Creationist ‘Academic Freedomist’ Sally Kern (introduced this year by King Gus of the Playground) is dead. The Education Committee didnt even talk about it. Cant wait to see the exact same bill introduced by the exact same…

ERV vs Steve Kern

Keep this one in your bookmarks for when someone tells you “AWWWWWW! UR JUST MAKING A CARICATURE OF CHRISTIANS! NO ONE ACTUALLY ACTS LIKE THAT!” Yeah, that guy was for real. The debate actually makes more sense if you watch it with the nonsensical closed captions turned on. He is a real Evangelical Christian who,…

ERV debate tonight!

Just a reminder for those of you in the OKC area that I will be debating Steve Kern (infamous husband of infamous Sally Kern) on the topic of Intelligent Design tonight! Some of Kerns homies advertised for the event too: Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee * THURSDAY EVENING – OKC AREA – Dr. Steve Kern,…

‘Thinking positively': Thinking any and all observed phenotypes are observable phenotypes because of some evolutionary reason. Phenotype X must have an evolutionary advantage! Even if Phenotype X appears detrimental/neutral, if Phenotype X wasnt advantageous, it wouldnt exist, right? Survival of the fittest! Evolution! YAY!!! No, not always. Evolution is a dirty, messy process. Sometimes shit…

Second Annual Hot-Button Debate The Oklahoma City chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will host its second annual hot-button debate on Thursday, March 15, 2012, starting at 7:00pm and ending by 8:30pm. The location will be on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC)… The debaters will be Abbie Smith…

Arnie is a very happy dog (see photo in upper left). Its always a party when Arnie is around– He loves everyone and everything… … Everything, that is, except cats. It didnt used to be like that. Arnie used to like cats just fine. But then one day, when he was a puppy… Neighbor: Hey…

Hey, do you all remember Michael Behe? Dude was for real ‘famous’ a while back (not just ‘Christian famous’). He went on talk shows and news programs (including the Colbert Report) to talk about his personal brand of Creationism, Intelligent Design. Unfortunately, things ‘didnt go as planned’ with Intelligent Design. The courts didnt buy ID,…

Why havent we cured cancer yeeeeeeeeet?

Last time I talked about why treating cancer is so hard: Why havent we cured cancer yeeeeeet? Briefly, scientists did complete genome sequencing of seven individuals prostate tumors, and things were all kinds of jacked up. Not only were all seven tumors different, but one tumor had over 200 chromosomal rearrangements. Like taking your genome…