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How To Build A Cell


Since I was in the midst of writing a series about the non-fine tuning of the universe I decided to read a somewhat academic book from some advocates of fine tuning. Instead of the obvious apologetics of William Lane Craig and Dinesh D’Souza, I picked up a copy of Fitness Of The Cosmos For Life: Biochemistry And Fine-Tuning by John Barrow, Simon Conway Morris, Stephen Freeland and Charles Harper. The forward was written by George M. Whitesides who is a Chemistry professor at Harvard and that is the reason I am writing this. Continue reading

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute


I just visited the website of the Howard Hughes Medical institute and I was extremely impressed. Their website is a fantastic educational resource and not only do they publish the HHMI Bulletin quarterly but they have a catalog of totally free DVDs, VHS, CDs and PDFs. I heartily recommend everyone check their website at the link given above.

Here is the text from their about HHMI page.

We live in an era of discovery. Each day, scientists bring us closer to understanding fundamental questions about human life. How does the brain process information and store knowledge? How do mutations in key genes cause disease? How do cells communicate? The challenge of solving these and other questions – as well as the promise of what those answers might yield – drives the quest for knowledge at the heart of our work at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

HHMI, a non-profit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the U.S. The Institute spent $730 million for research and distributed $101 million in grant support for science education in fiscal year 2009. Continue reading