Posts tagged with "Evolutionary Biology"
In 1996, biochemist Michael Behe introduced the notion of “irreducible complexity,” arguing that some biomolecular structures could not have evolved because their functionality requires interacting parts, the removal of any one of which renders the entire apparatus defective. This claim excited creationists and remains a central plank of the “intelligent design” movement, despite being rig…
Book Evolutionary Biology, GeneticsEight percent of the human genome originated in virus genomes, including genes now essential to human life. This is just one insight gleaned from the current deluge of genome data that is providing ever more evidence for what we have long known to be true about microorganisms: The transfer of genetic material from one organism…
In today’s world of alternative facts and attenuating funding of research, scientists need to communicate with the public as we never have before. Joining the ranks of a burgeoning number of professional scientists turned professional writers, Liam Drew, a practicing neuroscientist for 12 years, has put down his microfuge tubes and taken up the charge.