Frozen Evolution book

Most biologists and biology students think that evolutionary biology is basically a closed chapter of science. But what if this is not the way things are? What if evolutionary biology underwent a quite fundamental revolution in the 70's and 80's of the past century, following which all the textbooks in this field should basically be rewritten?  >> Read more

Frozen plasticity theory

This theory suggests a mechanism of the origin of adaptive traits in sexual organisms. The classical Darwinian mechanism of the origin of adaptive traits by natural selection can explain the evolution of such traits only under a very special situation, e.g., in a genetically homogeneous population of asexual organisms. The frozen plasticity theory is much more general: It can also explain the origin and evolution of adaptive traits in a genetically heterogeneous population of sexual organisms. >> Read more

Watch out for Toxo! The Secret Guide to Practical Science.

VII. How Toxoplasma slows a person down, and throws him under the wheels of cars

Along with the study on the effect of Toxoplasma on human personality and behavior, I tried to observe whether Toxoplasma has an effect on human performance, particularly reaction time (how quickly one can react to simple stimuli). I expected that since Toxoplasma lengthens reaction time in mice, thus increasing their risk of being captured by a cat, it could similarly influence a human. >> Read more

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