Caio Gueratto Coelho Da Silva

Ensaio 1 opcional (10/03/2017)

Central dogma of molecular biology and its implications to modern phylogenetic inference.

During the class, we discussed some basic aspects of the so called Central Dogma of molecular biology, postulated by Crick in 1958, and becoming a well-established point in the Biology. This dogma had new information added, but still with minor changes. Beyond that, we discussed the implications of the dogma to the phylogenetic inference. After this discussion, the class treated about the genetic code and its properties (e.g. formed by 4 nucleotides, which are organized in groups of three (codons) and these groupings can form the 20 aminoacids) as well as the their implication to evolutionary reconstructions. The point that most called my attention was the fact that with the rising of the molecular biology and its central dogma, it became possible to compare groups of individuals that are not comparable using morphology and anatomy. The comparison is impractical due to the huge evolutionary time that separates these groups, what makes impossible to see morphological homologies between them. One example is the construction of phylogenetic relashionship of all the living eukaryotes, as the one presented in Baldauf (2008). With this new approach of comparing nucleotides instead of morphological characters, the relationship between all living individuals is beginning to be elucidated. And this thanks to the central dogma of molecular biology.

Comentarios

Desculpas com antecipação pelo meu português

Achei interesante a ideia de fazer uma revisão da aula mesma desde sua perspectiva. E importante que, se faz essa escolha, a voz seja constante ao longo do paragrafo (Ao final muda de primeira a terceira voz). Incluo comentarios particulares a continuação:

During the class, we discussed some basic aspects of the so called Central Dogma of molecular biology, postulated by Crick in 1958, and becoming a well-established point in the Biology. This dogma had new information added, but still with minor changes.

Esta sentença trata dois negócios diferentes: o topico da aula e o estabelecimento do dogma central. Esto poderia ser dividido em duas o tres sentenças. E importante manter a constante de uma ideia por sentença.

This dogma had new information added, but still with minor changes

nova informação adicionada a o que?

Beyond that, we discussed the implications of the dogma to the phylogenetic inference. After this discussion, the class treated about the genetic code and its properties (e.g. formed by 4 nucleotides, which are organized in groups of three (codons) and these groupings can form the 20 aminoacids) as well as the their implication to evolutionary reconstructions.

A secção em suportes tira a atenção tira a atenção do fluxo da sentença. Ficaría melhor como uma sentença aparte.

The point that most called my attention was the fact that with the rising of the molecular biology and its central dogma, it became possible to compare groups of individuals that are not comparable using morphology and anatomy

Tem algums erros idiomaticos aquí, uma sugestão:

''The point that called my attention the most was that, with the rise of molecular biology, came the possibility of comparing groups which were not comparable using morphology or anatomy.''

The comparison is impractical due to the huge evolutionary time that separates these groups, what makes impossible to see morphological homologies between them. One example is the construction of phylogenetic relashionship of all the living eukaryotes, as the one presented in Baldauf (2008). With this new approach of comparing nucleotides instead of morphological characters, the relationship between all living individuals is beginning to be elucidated.

Pode simplificar

And this thanks to the central dogma of molecular biology.

Esta sentença é redundante.

Bom trabalho!

(Comentarios por Juan Jiménez)

Ensaio 2 (17/03/2017)

Rapidly pulishing molecular data versus traditional morphological taxonomy: a heated debate.

Species delimitation is a very debated biological topic, specially on the matter of candidate species. The income of molecular-based techniques opened way to publish data regarding candidate species (species that possibly are undescribed and, therefore, unknown until the moment the data were published) very rapidly. On the other hand, it also gave rise to critiques from taxonomists. They support that this new approach leave a lot of pending questions regarding whether this candidate species are in fact new species or not. Beyond that, taxonomists claim that more work should be done before publishing a list of possible new species to be sure that they are in fact new ones. However, the supporters of the new approach claim that the readiness of published data is important to have at least something at hand about a taxon, once this can be used to create conservational measures to protect the habitat in which the taxon lives in. Therefore, in the last instance, the species delimitation work would help to protect natural areas from being destroyed. After accomplishing this, one could easily do taxonomical work anytime, once the taxon and its habitat would be preserved. My personal opinion is that biology researchers have this ethical demand of trying to prevent as much environment destruction as we can. If this quick works help us to do prevent areas from destruction, then we should at least try and afterwards do more extensive work on the area (or taxon).

Comentários (Darlan Redü)

A sentença tópico deveria ser outra. Seu título remete a um debate muito mais amplo do que a delimitação de espécies.

Cuidado com expressões repetidas (candidate species na primeira e segunda frase).

However, the supporters of the new approach claim that the readiness of published data is important to have at least something at hand about a taxon, once this can be used to create conservational measures to protect the habitat in which the taxon lives in.
Essa sentença poderia ser dividida em duas: "…about a taxon. This can be…"

Therefore, in the last instance, the species delimitation work would help to protect natural areas from being destroyed.
Eu tiraria o "in the last instance" para deixar a frase mais direta. Bom uso do conectivo. Será que essa frase e a anterior não são repetitivas? Para mim elas dizem a mesma coisa.

Acho que a ultima frase é redundante também. Você já falou sobre preservação de habitats e manutenção do material para estudos posteriores. Se retirar essa frase, seu ensaio terminaria com sua opinião pessoal, que particularmente acho um bom fechamento para o ensaio.

O ponto de vista do big data foi explicado e bem defendido pela sua opinião pessoal. Porém, acho que a crítica dos taxonomistas não. O ponto principal da crítica não é apenas se as espécies são realmente novas ou não, mas sim que essas práticas não acompanham a filosofia e os métodos da sistemática tradicional.

Ensaio 3 (24/03/2017)

Stochastic changes as the main mutational genomic process.

The knowledge we have nowadays regarding mutational process in genomes is that they are mainly caused by genetic drift. This was proposed by Kimura (1968), when he studied nucleotide and amino acid substitutions in hemoglobin molecules. Before his work, people believed that only a few changes occurred in the hemoglobin coding genes throughout the entire vertebrate phylogeny. This is because the molecule plays a very important role in gas transport. Thus, changes in the genome frequently would cause deleterious changes in the molecule structure. This deleterious changes would lead to the elimination of this variant in the population. However, what Kimura presented is that nucleotide mutation occur at a very fast rate in the hemoglobin gene. These changes nearly never cause alterations in the translated molecule. Due to it, the researcher called them “Neutral mutations”. He also postulated that these mutations were the main substitutions which happen in the genome. Moreover, this changes happen in a previously unimaginable rapid rate, not only in the hemoglobin gene, but in the entire genome of all living organisms. This caused a huge change in scientific thinking of genome evolution and mutation, leading to the creation of models of phylogenetic inference and lots of other changes in other biological fields as well.

Correção José Serrano (31/03/17)

Good essay, although there are some points to review:

1. There is a lack of connection between the main idea of the essay “Stochastic changes” and the other ideas as history, importance of Kimura’s hypothesis, etc.
2. Try to avoid passive voice.
3. The word “this” is used without any subject even at the start of sentences. Example: “This caused a huge change in…”, that sentence is not connect with the previous one, what caused this?
4. The ideas before Kimura’s hypothesis should have at least one reference.
5. The central part of the essay could be synthesized to understand better all the Kimura’s ideas, for example: Kimura (1968) postulated the following points:…
6. This changes should be plural “these changes”.
7. Lots of other changes could be changed with many other changes.

Ensaio 04 (31/03/2017)

An example of direct influence in effective population size

Público-alvo: estudantes de graduação em Biologia.

Many intrinsic and extrinsic factors can influence a population’s effective size. The effective size of a population (expressed by Ne) is a value that “determines the rate of change in the composition of a population caused by genetic drift” (Charlesworth, 2009). In other words, this rate expresses how many individuals really contribute with alleles to the composition of the next generation. The Ne value of a population Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium is equal to the real population size. Thus, any disturbance in this equilibrium causes a reduction in the Ne. An example is a population with more females than males and that one male mates with one female. The number of individuals contributing to the next generation alleles (Ne value) is the number of copulating males and females. This number is less than the population size, given that some females would not have a mate. Therefore, these maleless females would not contribute to the next generation’s alleles, making the Ne be smaller than the total population size. Besides this example, there are many other important events which reduce Ne, such as variation in offspring numbers, mode of inheritance, inbreeding and spatial structure.

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