"Brought up in a creationist home, a scientist fights for evolution," Science, 29 Nov 2023. I'm glad NCSE acknowledges that people who "know a great deal about evolution" may still reject the theory as it is taught in school. They do so because the explanatory mechanism, neo-darwinism, including its modern variants, is implausible and unproven. The actual evidence points elsewhere. NCSE hinders science by ignoring the evidence and demeaning the skeptics, as if they are all unscientific.
Evolution vs Creationism has discussion and updates.
05 Jul 2009: from the previous Executive Director of NCSE
— Kyle Kai-How Farh, VP of artificial intelligence at Illumina and coauthor of a new study in Nature.
"Identification of constrained sequence elements across 239 primate genomes," by L.F.K. Kuderna, J.C. Ulirsch, S. Rashid et al., doi:10.1038/s41586-023-06798-8, Nature, 29 Nov 2023.
"Whole-genome alignment with primates reveals DNA elements conserved in humans" (summary), Nature, 29 Nov 2023.
"Comparison of 239 Primate Genomes Reveals Conserved Regulatory Sequences," by Andrea Anderson, GenomeWeb, 29 Nov 2023. As the burgeoning data from genome sequencing is submitted to powerful computers, we are sure to encounter surprises. It will help to look with open eyes. To me, this result appears to support a longstanding prediction of cosmic ancestry.
New genetic programs...: "...nearly identical versions... or nothing similar...."
"Horizontal acquisition of a DNA ligase improves DNA damage tolerance in eukaryotes," by E. Nicolas, P. Simion, M. Guérineau et al., Nature, 22 Nov 2023.
Viruses... has many examples of HGT across all of life.
"...A Critical Examination of Relaxed Molecular Clock Age Estimates of the Bilaterian Animals and Placental Mammals," by Graham E Budd and Richard P Mann, Systematic Biology, 11 Sep 2023; and commentary:
"Genes are often uninformative for dating species' origins," by Matt Pennell, Nature, 22 Nov 2023. By cosmic ancestry, genes are always older than their first expression.
Metazoan Genes Older Than Metazoa? and
Genes Older Than Earth? have examples.
"Extracellular vesicles are the main contributor to the non-viral protected extracellular sequence space," by D. Lücking, C. Mercier, T. Alarcón-Schumacher et al., ISME Commun., 17 Oct 2023.
"Much more than waste: Tiny vesicles exchange genetic information between cells in the sea," Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (+ScienceDaily), 16 Nov 2023.
10 Mar 2021: local hub for HGT among bacteria, with updated links.
Viruses... mentions transformation, the acquisition of DNA from the environment.
"Can comets deliver prebiotic molecules to rocky exoplanets?" by R.J. Anslow, A. Bonsor and P.B. Rimmer, Proc. R. Soc. A., 15 Nov 2023.
"'Bouncing' comets could deliver building blocks for life to exoplanets," University of Cambridge, 15 Nov 2023.
Thanks, PhysOrg.com and Google Alerts.
"Cometary Delivery of Organic Molecules to the Early Earth," by Christopher F. Chyba, Paul J. Thomas, Leigh Brookshaw and Carl Sagan, Science, 27 July 1990.
Comets: The Delivery System has an overview and updates since 1998.
...New Questions describes various types of panspermia.
Human Genome Search describes a discontinued research project with relevant discussion and updates.
Robust Software Management is even more impressive if it can handle this much complexity.
...Microfossils in a Carbonaceous Meteorite includes a list of Hoover's collected articles.
"Searching for life on Mars isn't worth the risk to Earth," by Paul Marks, New Scientist, 01 Nov 2023.
07 Nov 2023: NASA vs ICAMSR from Barry DiGregorio.
Life on Mars! has more.
"The Evidence COVID-19 Was Spreading Around the World in Late 2019," by Will Jones, Brownstone Institute, 02 Jan 2023. (Brownstone Institute has an advocacy agenda, but the data are unchallenged.) Where did the coronavirus that caused the pandemic come from? The rapid worldwide detection indicates that it was spread by global winds, not strictly by personal contact. And remember, there was an airburst high over Northeast China, 11 Oct 2019 – likely the remains of a spent comet whose orbit Earth was crossing. These facts make cometary panspermia hard to dismiss as a possible source for the virus. Immunologist and panspermia affiliate Ted Steele comments:
"Dear Will,..." by Ted Steele, local docx, 08 Jan 2023.
Origin of new emergent Coronavirus and Candida fungal diseases—Terrestrial or cosmic?, by Edward J Steele et al., doi:10.1016/bs.adgen.2020.04.002, Adv Genet, 14 Jul 2020.
"Brilliant Midnight Fireball Lights Up Sky Over Northeast China" by Tariq Malik, Space.com, 13 Oct 2019.
27 Feb 2020: How has Coronavirus spread?
07 Feb 2018: More than 800 million viruses per square meter per day descend from the high atmosphere....
Influenza from Space? Many related updates follow an exchange in The Guardian, 2000.
Viruses... has a primer and updates.
"These Moons Are Dark and Frozen. So How Can They Have Oceans?" by Robin George Andrews, Quanta Magazine, publicised 03 Nov 2023.
Meanwhile, Geysers on Earth host life with extreme survival capabilities. "The fact that life can grow on Earth in those particular conditions tells us something about the biological potential" in places like Enceladus, Europa or even Mars, according to astrobiologist Alfonso Davila.
Bacteria: The Space Colonists discusses their hardiness and versatility.
"The ecology-evolution continuum and the origin of life," by David A. Baum et al., J. R. Soc. Interface, Nov 2023.
"How purposeless physics underlies purposeful life," Nature, 04 Oct 2023; re:
"Assembly theory explains and quantifies selection and evolution," by A. Sharma, D. Czégel, M. Lachmann et al., Nature, 04 Oct 2023.
"Scientists and philosophers identify nature's missing evolutionary law," Carnegie Institution, 16 Oct 2023; and:
"Nature's missing evolutionary law identified," Cornell University, 16 Oct 2023; re:
"On the roles of function and selection in evolving systems," by Michael L. Wong et al., PNAS, 16 Oct 2023. If the new law is valid, it should have testable consequences. We wonder if this team would be willing to subject its theory, as it pertains to biology or computer models, to scientific testing. We will ask.
The Evolution Prize..., 2006, was one proposed test for theories of evolution.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics has related discussion.
The RNA World... has related discussion.
23 Oct 2023: email to co-author Jonathan Linune, cc to Robert Hazen.
George Church: Prove it.
Thanks, Ted Steele, who rightly notices that the article "fails to give proper scientific accreditation and priority for the work of Sir Fred Holye and Professor N Chandra Wickramasinghe...." He has asked them to correct the oversight. (Aeon acknowledges the communication, 26 Oct 2023.)
Hoyle and Wickramasinghe's Analysis of Interstellar Dust has history.
"Stolen genes allow parasitic control of behavior," Riken, 20 Oct 2023.
Thanks, Google Alerts.
"Transposable elements: McClintock's legacy revisited," by Cédric Feschotte, NRG | local pdf, 18 Sep 2023.
"NASA's Bennu Asteroid Sample Contains Carbon, Water," by Abbey A. Donaldson, NASA, 11 Oct 2023.
"NASA Unveils First Glimpse of 'Scientific Treasure' Collected From Asteroid," by Kenneth Chang, The NewYork Times, 11 Oct 2023. ...all life on Earth uses only one of the two mirror forms of amino acids and other complex organic molecules. If Bennu contains more of the mirror form used by life,... what could that possibly mean?
Amino Acid Asymmetry in the Murchison Meteorite! has a suggestion.
"Lateral gene transfer generates accessory genes that accumulate at different rates within a grass lineage," by Pauline Raimondeau et al., New Phytologist, 04 Oct 2023.
"...grasses take evolutionary shortcut by borrowing genes from their neighbours," by Alice Fletcher, University of Sheffield +EurekAlert!, 02 Oct 2023.
Viruses... has a primer and very many updates about HGT.
"Puzzling objects found far beyond Neptune hint at second Kuiper belt," by Paul Voosen, Science, 03 Oct 2023.
Comets: The Delivery System has history and updates.
Roossinck well knows that most viruses cause no harm, and that viruses are often endogenized. She even comments, "About 30% of the protein adaptations that make us human have been shaped by the viruses that infected our ancestors." She knows that viruses are everywhere, they are easily transferred, and the vast majority of them are completely unknown. But she makes no extrapolation from these facts, and her chapters on evolution are strictly conventional.
From my cosmic ancestry perspective, the implications are overwhelming. Given the ubiquity of viruses, we animals and plants must get new exposure every day. That gives macroevolution a ready and credible mechanism. I am susprised that mishaps like birth defects and disease aren't even more frequent. How do our systems safely cope with that genetic traffic? And what potential would lie in the vast store of unknown genes that viruses carry?Viruses: A Natural History by Marilyn J. Roossinck, Princeton University Press, 02 May 2023.
Viruses... has my own learning curve. Roossinck has a much fuller story.
07 Feb 2018: Every day, more than 800 million viruses are deposited per square metre....
Robust Software Management suggests that genomes would have systems to cope with genes from viruses.