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Having become worse than one's kind, or one's former state; having declined in worth; having lost in goodness; deteriorated; degraded; unworthy; base; low. Faint-hearted and degenerate king. (Shak) A degenerate and degraded state. (Milton) Degenerate from their ancient blood. (Swift) These degenerate days. (Pope) I had planted thee a noble vine . ., how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? (Jer. Ii. 21)

Origin: L. Degeneratus, p. P. Of degenerare to degenerate, cause to degenerate, fr. Degener base, degenerate, that departs from its race or kind; de- _ genus race, kind. See kin relationship.

1. To be or grow worse than one's kind, or than one was originally; hence, to be inferior; to grow poorer, meaner, or more vicious; to decline in good qualities; to deteriorate. When wit transgresseth decency, it degenerates into insolence and impiety. (Tillotson)

2. (Science: biology) to fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type.

Origin: Degenerated; Degenerating.

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Re: mutations and dependencies

... so that they cannot be separated in inheritance (to get rid of the bad and keep the good). The result is that all higher genomes must clearly degenerate. Dr Sanford on http://creation.com/geneticist-evolution-impossible Multicellular organisms aren't genetically homogeneous. A mutating organism ...

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by wildfunguy
Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: mutations and dependencies
Replies: 29
Views: 21980

Data analysis: DNA alignment HELP?

... encoding a CDK in maize, investigators aligned the predicted amino acid sequences of human cdc2, S. pombe cdc2, and S. cerevisiae cdc28 genes. Degenerate oligonucleotide PCR primers corresponding to the boxed amino acids were generated and a DNA fragment of the expected size was synthesized ...

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by TToe
Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Data analysis: DNA alignment HELP?
Replies: 1
Views: 1902

Molecular gene (genome) concept scientifically untenable

... of triplet codes among organisms is another issue. Like the pseudogene this aspect is against chemical fundamentals and remains unexplained. The degenerate nature of the biological code implies several triplets coding per amino acid. Further, two amino acids have only one mRNA codon each; AUG ...

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by PAWahid
Wed May 02, 2012 4:54 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Molecular gene (genome) concept scientifically untenable
Replies: 12
Views: 28991

Alternation Of Gene

It's lot like reverse engineering, change the phenotype to influence Genotypes. Actually, it is possible. What's causing our appendix to degenerate. It actually reverse action. No need to use - No stimuli - No growth. But pinching nose to make change in genes would probably need efforts for ...

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by sachin
Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Alternation Of Gene
Replies: 4
Views: 1813

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... any organism, simple or complex, able to survive in an environment has a better probability of generating offspring with its genes. Technically, degenerate evolution would be very possible through natural selection, but this doesn't happen very often because the loss of sensory organs suggested ...

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by awkko808
Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:36 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 562
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