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1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to lower in rank to deprive of office or dignity; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, or a general officer. Prynne was sentenced by the star chamber Court to be degraded from the bar. (Palfrey)

2. To reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or contempt upon; to disgrace; as, vice degrades a man. O miserable mankind, to what fall degraded, to what wretched state reserved! (Milton) He pride . . . Struggled hard against this degrading passion. (Macaulay)

3. (Science: geology) to reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear Down.

Synonym: to abase, demean, lower, reduce. See Abase.

Origin: f. Degrader, LL. Degradare, fr. L. De- _ gradus step, degree. See grade, and cf. Degree.

(Science: biology) to degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through this or that genus or group of genera.

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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... is being falsified by the science of molecular biology. Random mutations cannot produce symbolic representation. Random mutation is the NOISE that degrades symbolic representation. The cell’s genetic engineering repair systems work at eliminating that noise. The irony of this is, that noise in ...

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by scottie
Fri May 20, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
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Re: Dog Trainer comes up with Anti-evolution idiocy

... top it off, this perversion of the 2LT is beyond belief "The network expands, or evolves, by capturing the energy of change, which normally degrades the ordered state of systems, what's known as entropy or 'heat loss,' and then is able to turn this change into information so that the degradation ...

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by Promethean
Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Dog Trainer comes up with Anti-evolution idiocy
Replies: 36
Views: 29813

Re: RNA interference

... transcriptional Silencing) complex. Usually the siRNAs bind to the mRNA in a perfect Watson-Crick base pair, and the RITS complex cleaves and degrades the RNA right away (transcriptional silencing). You can google some of the main proteins above and get some diagrams that show what I am trying ...

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by kolean
Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:14 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: RNA interference
Replies: 3
Views: 4717

cell cycle feedback control

... from definition, is feedback loop anything, what regulates previous steps in the pathway. In the cell cycle, it can be APC complex, which degrades all cyclins and thus diminishes the activity of CDKs ;)

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by JackBean
Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:06 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: cell cycle feedback control
Replies: 2
Views: 2727

Re: Gene cloning question

Hi RNAse is nothing but Ribonuclease which actually cleaves a phosphodiester bond between any two ribonucleotides and also degrades RNA into smaller components which is mostly helpful in prokaryotic processes and play a important role in many biological processes.

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by vidya790
Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:22 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Gene cloning question
Replies: 20
Views: 20060
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