Ancient “genomic parasites” spurred evolution of pregnancy in mammals

Very interesting read. I always wondered when and how mammals evolved to no longer come from eggs

Science Life

Studies of Embryos by Leonardo da Vinci Studies of Embryos by Leonardo da Vinci

The evolution of biological structures and functions from existing ones, for example a forearm from a fish fin, has been studied for centuries. But how do entirely new things evolve? It’s a tricky question to answer, but Vincent Lynch, PhD, assistant professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago, and his colleagues shed some light on this process in a new study published online today in Cell Reports.

Taking a look at the origins of pregnancy in mammals, they identified large-scale genetic changes that marked the transition from egg laying to live birth. The researchers found thousands of genes that evolved to be turned on or off in the uterus in early mammals, including many with critical functions in establishing maternal-fetal communication and suppressing the mother’s immune system so that a fetus is not attacked. What was most surprising, however, was what…

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Pogo now says his misogynistic posts were an “experiment.” Then he denounces most self-described feminists as “hyenas” and “brats.”

Seems Pogo is still at it

we hunted the mammoth

Yeah, that's the ticket! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

So the musician who goes by the name Pogo, best known for his magical audiovisual mashups using snippets of old Disney movies, is now declaring that the awful misogynistic nonsense he recently posted on his blog and on YouTube was “somewhat of an experiment for myself,” intended to rile up

the enormous breed of hyenas out there taking gender equality and feminism hostage, and bending it into a social status to validate their feeling that the world owes them everything because of their gender.

As Pogo (real name Nick Bertke) explains it in a new blog post today, his attacks on women were intended to expose these fake feminist “hyenas … as the self contradicting brats they are.” To do this, he says,

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Memories of The Escapist, and pondering the future

definitely an interesting perspective of a site I still regularly go to


So for those who missed it, last week Defy Media announced huge lay-offs at two of the sites under their umbrella, The Escapist and GameTrailers, including the Escapist’s editor-in-chief, Greg Tito, and one of GameTrailers’ most prolific contributors, Michael Damiani.

Prevailing theory seems to be that Gametrailers (which has seen its traffic fall in recent years) is likely to be merged with the Escapist so that they can bring all their video content together under one banner, bolster the ranks of content at the latter site (which has seen withdrawals in recent months, not least Jim Sterling, who went independent) and generate extra traffic for the under-visited GameTrailers. Given that large amounts of the sites’ maintenance already takes place in the Defy offices, this would make sense.

The Escapist was the first gaming forum I ever went on. I admit that I went there for Zero Punctuation (like most of…

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