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1. Having the quality opposite to adhesiveness; allowing or causing anything to slip or move smoothly, rapidly, and easily upon the surface; smooth; glib; as, oily substances render things slippery.

2. Not affording firm ground for confidence; as, a slippery promise. The slippery tops of human state. (Cowley)

3. Not easily held; liable or apt to slip away. The slippery god will try to loose his hold. (Dryden)

4. Liable to slip; not standing firm.

5. Unstable; changeable; mutable; uncertain; inconstant; fickle. The slippery state of kings.

6. Uncertain in effect.

7. Wanton; unchaste; loose in morals. Slippery elm.

(Science: botany) An American tree (ulmus fulva) with a mucilagenous and slightly aromatic inner bark which is sometimes used medicinally; also, the inner bark itself. A malvaceous shrub (Fremontia Californica); so called on the Pacific coast.

See: slipper.

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... But then, rather than working out your GOE model and its precise implications, you bash the HGT hypothesis. To make it worse, your argument is a slippery slope. Suggesting frequent HGT for Elysia chlorotica doesn't lead to HGT being frequent for all of domain Eukaryota. In fact, this source says ...

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by wildfunguy
Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:49 pm
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Topic: Why must we avert the genome of Eden?
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Re: Evolution or De-evolution?

... extra seasonal pups, problem ( for farmer-breeders) is solved that way. Crucible, you are making everything too complicated with vague ideas and slippery explanations. I had to read your post several times to be able to understand what you were saying. Please, make sure to present your future ...

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by Cat
Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:26 pm
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Topic: Evolution or De-evolution?
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Well, as to the transitional fish fossil deal > Tomn has, at least, perhaps enough reason to complain, since it's slippery language ( "transitional", "intermediate" )that is presented, it can and does lead to erroneous understanding and then statements in news ...

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by Crucible
Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:35 am
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Re: Information in the genome? A silly argument?

... side discussion is what do they mean by "information" and "coding" and "encoding"...these metaphorical allusions are slippery things, yet metaphor is language. I just did it. "metaphor is language". How to not slide into beliefs that are a "house of ...

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by Crucible
Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:29 pm
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Topic: Information in the genome? A silly argument?
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Re: can protein size be predicted given genome info?

... stop is the 3'-UTR. So, you normally don't find multiple stop codons within a coding sequence (though there are always exceptions; e.g. a "slippery" sequence can trigger translational frameshift and bring alternative stop codons in-frame). oooh got my conceptions correct. :) thanks.! :)

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by greatmicrobiologist
Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: can protein size be predicted given genome info?
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