Physiology and Evolution
New discoveries of physiological processes are undermining the central assumptions of the standard theory of evolution, the Modern Synthesis. These include the transmission of nucleotides and other molecules to the germ cells, where they can transmit characteristics acquired during the organism’s lifetime; the control of DNA replication and error-correcting, through which new DNA sequences can be generated for selection by the organism; transmission of epigenetic marking through maternal nurturing behaviour. This page includes the first recorded lecture that featured the physiology of Evolution, given to a large audience of the Chinese Association of Physiological Sciences, held in Suzhou in 2012, and a Conversation on Evolution organised by The Journal of Physiology, held at a session of Experimental Biology held in Boston, USA, in 2015.
Lecture in Suzhou, China
Lecture on Physiology and Evolution given at an international Congress in Suzhou, China, in 2012. This was the first videoed lecture at which Denis Noble outlined his reasons and evidence for dissenting from the neo-Darwinist Modern Synthesis. The lecture was then published as an article. The recording of the lecture has also appeared on many other websites and may now have been viewed about 100,000 times.
Held during Experimental Biology 2015 in Boston, USA
Chaired by David Paterson, then Editor in Chief of the Journal of Physiology, Michael Joyner (Mayo Clinic) and Denis Noble (Oxford University) discuss what is a gene and why gene-centric theories of evolution have failed medical science.