Those viral Evolutionary Biology notes. A late confession.

Time for late confessions. This story dates back to the 2000s, and it is about free diffusion of knowledge, internet, evolution, an angry academic and a monster (I mean "another monster", distinct from the angry academic). It was the 2007, and I was hardly trying to find a way out from my bachelor degree. At the … Continue reading Those viral Evolutionary Biology notes. A late confession.

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Applying phylogenetics and bioinformatics to NF-kB studies

To anyone having to do something with immunity studies, the nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells, will sound really familiar. The NF-kB is a protein complex deputed to initiate the transcriptional response to external stimuli, such as stress, citokines, antigens, bacteria, free radicals or UV light irradiation. Expressed in active B cells, it is … Continue reading Applying phylogenetics and bioinformatics to NF-kB studies

Genome3D organisation and evolution. Going beyond flat files.

The genome is a real thing, and this is something we strongly need to keep in mind. The development of bioinformatics has brought us to make a very important, but still bold simplification. A strong focus on sequences, and the information they bear, allowed us to understand how genes determine the structure and function of proteins, … Continue reading Genome3D organisation and evolution. Going beyond flat files.

Information and intelligence: let's meet the Smart Slime

As we talk about information in biology, mind goes through DNA and protein sequences, on the tracks of what we have learned to call "bioinformatics", along with a fair amount of algorithms, open source methods, coding hacks, genome assemblies, libraries and bugs. Luckily, Biology is much more complex and beautiful than mere green strings, and information in … Continue reading Information and intelligence: let's meet the Smart Slime

The role of mathematical modelling in evolutionary biology.

The role of mathematical modelling in evolutionary biology is pretty questioned, although its integral role in studies on evolution. Differently from other scientific disciplines, such as Physics or Chemistry, Biology was born as a descriptive science, and the affirmation of mathematics as an effective and indispensable part of investigation is still to be fully accomplished. … Continue reading The role of mathematical modelling in evolutionary biology.

How reductionism brought James Watson into racism and insulation.

James Watson is seriously facing the risk to go broke. After his comments on the linkage between race and intelligence in 2007, when he claimed that Africans were genetically less intelligent than Caucasians, the American molecular biology pioneer suddenly ran into isolation, drawing the contempt of public opinion and academics. Now, his budget is dangerously low, and he decided … Continue reading How reductionism brought James Watson into racism and insulation.

Is creationism still compatible with Christian Religion?

One of the very first posts in this blog, was about the "evolution of creationism" in Catholic Church, arguing that the Catholic Church is not anti- Darwinian anymore, but oriented to propose a "peaceful co-existence" between creationism and biological evolution. Divine creation is actually considered a transcendental event, and biological evolution its reflection on the immanent plane. … Continue reading Is creationism still compatible with Christian Religion?