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  1. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Ever since Barbara McClintock discovered transposable mobile genetic elements, people have stopped regarding the genome as inviolable. (Barbara McClintock's discovery of these jumping genes earned...
  2. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Precisely. Often we have heard, "I requeened the hive and right away it settled down." I used to dismiss this as uninformed, since it takes a month or two for the new bees to replace the old. But --...
  3. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Didn't I just say : We do not see changes in ways of thinking in biology in terms of Kuhnian paradigm shifts? Further, I am not promoting the theses of Shapiro and Jablonka, but holding them out as...
  4. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    In response to this I asked, what claims? All of them? You seem to be content to dismiss the work of Jablonka and Shapiro on the basis of the fact that others have dismissed them, but what is it that...
  5. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    I never made any such statement. However, I wish you would stay out of the discussion. You have attempted to hijack every thread I have started. Fortunately, I don't have to read all of your blather,...
  6. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    In the review you cite:



    That's all I said: it was thought provoking and there are many counter arguments to be made. There is no one evolution; evolution has many paths, some more fruitful...
  7. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Just how does a statement like this advance a discussion? "Trots out"?

    And what do you mean by "folk"? These are reputable scientists respected in their field. Why would you refer to them as...
  8. Re: First report of Africanized Bee's in Finger Lakes Region brought from Florida ?

    Hmm, like California? Good luck with that
  9. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    A little bit about life and its relation to entropy:



    Life’s restlessness, by Addy Pross

    http://aeon.co/magazine/nature-and-cosmos/stability-how-life-began-and-why-it-cant-rest/
  10. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    If you aren't convinced yet of the outdatedness of 20th century biology
  11. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Quite. It doesn't matter really, the eusocial system is marvelous whether rare or ubiquitous.
  12. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    The way it is done is to train them with sugar syrup that has the odor of explosives. So they associate the odor with food. In the real world, there are hundreds of thousands of different smelling...
  13. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Not sure why you would suggest that a system that is found in ants, bees and wasps is rare. Reminds me of the statement made by a friend of mine that four leaf clovers were common. I have spent a...
  14. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Yeah, sorry. I created this thread because the one I was on was hijacked. There seems to be a pack of dogs that follows me everywhere, barking as loudly as they can. Enjoy the peace while it lasts!
  15. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    This is correct. Tropical honey bees deal with predation by absconding or migrating. Many other examples could be named. Survival of the fittest never meant the survival of the meanest. Each organism...
  16. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    I have tried to Ignore the constant haranguing about credentials. It is an ad hominem attack to say that so and so isn't qualified to speak on such and such a topic. Any one can talk about these...
  17. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    I received a request to expand a bit on Charlie Mraz's ideas. Here is an essay he wrote in 1973:

    The Genetic Vulnerability
    CHARLES MRAZ
    Middlebury, Vt.

    Gleanings in Bee Culture, December...
  18. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Patrick Bateson writes:



    James Shapiro:
  19. Re: First report of Africanized Bee's in Finger Lakes Region brought from Florida ?

    No, this was someone else. And the hive wasn't African. Some people think they have them when in fact the hive is just having a bad day ;)
  20. Re: First report of Africanized Bee's in Finger Lakes Region brought from Florida ?

    Good luck with that. A friend of mine called him and left a message asking for advice about AHB. Call was not returned. I recommend putting down any extremely aggressive hives. I can give advice on...
  21. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Genes discredited:



    Bateson, P. (2014). Evolution, epigenetics and cooperation. Journal of biosciences, 39(2), 191-200.
  22. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    No, it's not that Lamarck was right or Darwin was right. They were pioneers who paved the way. Did you know that Mendel was a beekeeper? He learned the basics of heredity by breeding peas. If he had...
  23. Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    No need to separate these two. Like saying it's not how you say it but what you say. Effective communication requires both. You can't separate the words from the ideas behind them. Information has no...
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    Deleted by author, off topic
  25. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    This is certainly one of the most oblique put-downs I have ever seen. She is not a crank (implying that she could be regarded as such) but her claims are dubious. All of them? Granted, a lot of her...
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