Should evolution be taught in high school?

Feb 24, 2008 | Posted by: Cash | Full story: www.scientificblogging.com

Microbiologist Carl Woese is well known as an iconoclast. At 79 years of age, Woese is still shaking things up. Most recently, he stated in an interview with Wired that...

"My feeling is that evolution shouldn't be taught at the lower grades. You don't teach quantum mechanics in the grade schools. One has to be quite educated to work with these concepts; what they pass on as evolution in high schools is nothing but repetitious tripe that teachers don't understand."

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Something else then?

Her lab was still stacked with unpacked cartons when she opened the cardboard box from the T. rex dig and pulled out the biggest fragment. Looking at it with the eyes of a biologist, she immediately saw it was more than a fossil. Time and history began to unwind. "Oh, my gosh," she said to her laboratory assistant, Jennifer Wittmeyer. "It's a girl. And it's pregnant."
What Schweitzer saw was medullary bone, a type of tissue that grows inside the long bones of female birds. Medullary bone is produced during ovulation as a way of storing the calcium needed for egg production; then it disappears. "I looked at it under the dissecting scope," Schweitzer says. "There was nothing else it could be." The medullary bone even contained gaps and mazelike fiber patterns resembling those of modern birds.
Until that moment, no one had ever identified that tissue in a dinosaur, making it impossible to definitively sex such an animal. "Everything we've ever tried to do has been an utter guess," Schweitzer says. For instance, researchers had tried to distinguish a male from a female based on the shape of a creature's body or the size of its head crest. Now they had a way to link gender with morphology and, drawing on parallels with living animals, even with behavior.
The second surprise hit in January 2004. While Schweitzer was attending a departmental taco party, Wittmeyer raced breathlessly into the room. "You aren't going to believe what happened," the lab assistant sputtered.
Wittmeyer had been pulling the late shift, analyzing pieces from the T. rex limb. She had just soaked a fragment of medullary bone in dilute acid to remove some calcium phosphate. This was an unusual procedure to carry out in a dinosaur lab. Scientists typically assume that a fossilized dinosaur consists of rock that would entirely dissolve in acid, but Schweitzer wanted to get a closer look at the fossil's fine structure and compare it with that of modern birds. That night Wittmeyer marveled at a small section of decalcified thighbone: "When you wiggled it, it kind of floated in the breeze."
Schweitzer and Wittmeyer pondered the meaning of the stretchy sample, feeling mystified and ecstatic. The remains seemed like soft tissue—specifically matrix, the organic part of bone, which consists primarily of collagen. Yet this seemed impossible, according to the prevailing understanding. "Everyone knows how soft tissues degrade," Schweitzer says. "If you take a blood sample and you stick it on a shelf, you have nothing recognizable in about a week. So why would there be anything left in dinosaurs?"
Next Schweitzer examined a piece of the dinosaur's cortical bone. "We stuck the bone in the same kind of solution," she says. "The bone mineral dissolved away, and it left these transparent blood vessels. I took one look, and I just said:'Uh-uh. This isn't happening. This is just not happening.' " She started applying the same treatment to bone fragments from another dinosaur that she had acquired for her dissertation. "Sure enough," she says, "vessels all over the place."
Less than a month later, while Schweitzer was still collecting data on the soft tissue, came a third score. Wittmeyer walked into the lab looking anxious. "I think maybe some of our stuff's gotten contaminated, because I see these things floating around, and they look like bugs," she said. Worried that she would lose her dinosaur blood vessels before she could publish an article about them, Schweitzer rushed to rescue the sample. What she found startled her. Through the microscope she could see what looked like perfectly formed osteocytes, the cells inside bone.
The past was roaring to life.

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One sided Evo morons can't handle the truth.
* Dr. Johnson is Special Counsel at ICR. Dr. Tomkins, ICR Research Associate, worked in academic research in genetics and genomics for 18+ years, 12 involving research in cloning and sequencing DNA from a wide variety of plants, animals and microbes. Mr. Thomas is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.
That's like saying "Mr. Smith is the director of aeronautics at the "Lead Blimp Association".

ICR is a joke.

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One sided Evo morons can't handle the truth.
* Dr. Johnson is Special Counsel at ICR. Dr. Tomkins, ICR Research Associate, worked in academic research in genetics and genomics for 18+ years, 12 involving research in cloning and sequencing DNA from a wide variety of plants, animals and microbes. Mr. Thomas is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.
Cite this article: Johnson, J. J. S., J. Tomkins and B. Thomas. 2009. Dinosaur DNA Research: Is the tale wagging the evidence? Acts & Facts. 38 (10): 4-6.

Sorry you are uninterested in the true. The is not a peer review journal. It is just a creationist rag. You may notice, however, that it is an opinion piece and filled with logical fallacies and misinformation. No actual research was done (as is typical of creationists).
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Intimidation by science, you pieces of shit, you strangle real science so you can get the brainwashed students to throw off religions power. You hate sharing power and when you have all the power, you will pronounce yourselves gods.
History proves such.

If Schweitzer had not gotten funding, she might not have a job.

Fear caused the mind to stop seeking answers

Truth is, Schweitzer hasn't even bothered to look for DNA.

2nd page---http://discovermagazine .com/2006/apr/dinosaur-dna#.UR ky8be9Kc0
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Feb 11, 2013
 
Well then morons, the discovery science mag.

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Yes, clearly there is.
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Dodge-A-Rama!

No, there was no complete DNA.

There were fragments of what appeared to have been DNA.... maybe.

" The soft tissues are collagen, a connective protein. Amino acid sequencing of several samples have shown matches with the known collagens of chickens, frogs, newts and other animals."

" Kevin Padian, Curator of Paleontology, University of California Museum of Paleontology, has stated "Chemicals that might degrade in a laboratory over a short period need not do so in a protected natural chemical environment...it's time to readjust our thinking."

"Schweitzer first publicly announced her discovery in 1993.[10][11] Since then, the claim of discovering soft tissues in a 68 million year old fossil has been disputed by some molecular biologists. Later research[12] published in PLoS ONE (30 July 2008) challenged the claims that the material found is the soft tissue of Tyrannosaurus. The successful extraction of ancient DNA from dinosaur fossils has been reported on two separate occasions, but, upon further inspection and peer review, neither of these reports could be confirmed. The extraction of protein from dinosaur fossils has been confirmed.[13] A more recent study (October 2010) published in PLoS ONE contradicts the conclusion of Kaye and supports Schweitzer's original conclusion."

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With the starting premise of "nothing + nobody = everything", all science would be irrelevant.

straw-man.
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Innuendo and intimidation is the life's blood of all corrupt power that pretends to be just.
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The following is the last line on the second page of the article. What true scientist would just quit on the verge of more knowledge, however unlikely?

"""Truth is, Schweitzer hasn't even bothered to look for DNA."""

2nd page---http://discovermagazine .com/2006/apr/dinosaur-dna#.UR ky8be9Kc0
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Intimidation by science, you pieces of shit, you strangle real science so you can get the brainwashed students to throw off religions power. You hate sharing power and when you have all the power, you will pronounce yourselves gods.
History proves such.
If Schweitzer had not gotten funding, she might not have a job.
Fear caused the mind to stop seeking answers
Truth is, Schweitzer hasn't even bothered to look for DNA.
2nd page---http://discovermagazine .com/2006/apr/dinosaur-dna#.UR ky8be9Kc0

Truth is she has sequenced as much as she could. She found collagen and some Amino acids. So she could not possibly sequence DNA when she does not even have complete proteins.

PERIOD.
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It seems the Evo morons can't refute discovery magazine.
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The following is the last line on the second page of the article. What true scientist would just quit on the verge of more knowledge, however unlikely?

"""Truth is, Schweitzer hasn't even bothered to look for DNA."""

If only the morons could show proof of what they say. Poor children, too stupid to realize such.
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Children that are liars post what they cannot backup.
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Discovery mag would not have written the following for no reason. Only childish morons would not realize such.

Thanks moron

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Both sides have pressured Schweitzer so much, they have stopped any more science she could offer. Of course she surely got her funding, but since then, she and science have stopped the research.

Intimidation and innuendo serve the wicked, in the names of justice and science.

""Truth is, Schweitzer hasn't even bothered to look for DNA
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Children that are liars post what they cannot backup.
I'm doing a 2 for 1 offer on irony meters - who is in ? Form an orderly queue
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Urban Cowboy wrote:
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Yes, clearly there is.
Oh well I guess there must be, since the lying reality-denying mooks at ICR who had nothing at all to do with the research and haven't even been anywhere near it said so.(shrug) Goddarn evil atheist evilutionist conspiracy.
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Dodge-A-Rama!
Meh irony meter go boom boom.
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Children that are liars post what they cannot backup.
Which is why you post stuff you don't even understand and lie by saying it supports you, even though the article, and the opinions of the actual researchers who did the work, disagree with you.

In short, you fundies are simply dishonest lying douches because you got a chip on your shoulder about them mean old atheist Darwinists, all because you didn't get an edumacation.
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Anyway Jimbo, what about the really important stuff?

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