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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2020
     
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2020
     
    I frequently refuse to be what I am, with varying degrees of success.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2021
     
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2021
     
    Posted By: goatcheezhttps://phys.org/news/2021-01-rare-quadruple-helix-dna-human-cells.html


    Quite the crashblossom, the heading of that article.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2021
     
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2021
     
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    A very early ancestor of us
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rtUEPuzhbE

    Also explains our relationship to collars
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    Rise of the Xenobots
    https://www.quantamagazine.org/cells-form-into-xenobots-on-their-own-20210331/

    There are huge missing pieces in our understanding of cellular biology.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2021
     
    Interesting. Grotesque.
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    In fact this is the very recipe for grotesquerie. I'm immediately reminded of John Carpenter's The Thing.
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    An insect tinier than a cell
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb5Q-wQh4GI
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2021 edited
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanAn insect tinier than a cell
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb5Q-wQh4GI

    That, also, too, explains other phenomena like the colour-scheme of male ducks or the behavior of males in general.
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    Clear as mud.
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    This is huge and blows me away. They've discovered a completely new and universal information layer in all multicellular organisms, called the Bioelectric Layer. They are now hard at work trying to decode it. The medical potential alone is staggering, but there's also a computational aspect (in analogy with natural neural networks) which, like the brain, holds immense promise for radical pedagogy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XheAMrS8Q1c

    Vive La Revolution!!
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTime4 days ago
     
    Interesting--but where does the "bioelectric layer" originate, if not from the genome?
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    Posted By: AsterixInteresting--but where does the "bioelectric layer" originate, if not from the genome?
    The "transistors" referred to which are switched on or off are clearly a DNA product, being composed of proteins. Their function relates somehow to ion channels, presumably in the cell membrane. I only have the video to go on currently.
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTime4 days ago
     
    I didn't watch the youtube Ted talk. Maybe I'll get around to it at some point.

    The guy appears to be a prolific writer of published, peer-reviewed papers.

    https://ase.tufts.edu/biology/labs/levin/publications/

    I can probably obtain pdf copies via my somewhat nebulous connection to the local university.
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    That would be great, provided I figure out enough to know what I want. I'm watching this right now
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d2SC3MFTBI
    looking for clues.

    ETA Looked at your link and it turns out I have access to at least the most recent paper.
    https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.1098/rstb.2020.0458