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DNA Monthly Vol 3 No 6 June July 07

DNA Monthly Vol 3 No 6 June July 07

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DNA MONTHLY
 
your FREE online resource for cutting-edge news about who you truly are  
June-July 2007 (Vol. 3, No. 6)
 
Notable & Quotable: 
 
"[R]esults support the hypothesis that coherence is critical in theconnection between conscious intention and DNA ... Specific thoughts and intentions aregenerated by the brain/mind and are used to frequency modulate the coherent bio-fieldsfrom the heart. When one is in a state of love the coherence is enhanced and the bio-fieldsbecome stronger. This allows for a resonance between the coherent fields of the heart andthe coherent fields around the DNA molecule. This process is further enhanced by thepresence of subtle or spiritual energies which resonate with the body due to the toroidalnature of the coherent bio-fields. Such an interaction allows the frequency informationassociated with the original intention to manifest as a physical change in the DNA, whether itbe a confirmational change in the structure of the helix, a change in DNA replication or ashift in the electrical properties. In this way our thoughts and intentions can manifest in thebody at the biochemical level bringing about actual physiological changes associated withthe healing process."
Glen Rein, Ph.D., "Effect of Conscious Intention on Human DNA" (Proc. Internat. Forum on NewScience, Denver, CO, October 1996)
 
FEATURED IN THE JUNE-JULY 2007 ISSUE OF DNA MONTHLY
1.
 
"What Our Human Genome Tells Us," by Elisabet Sahtouris
2.
"Managing Leaps in Consciousness," by Mary Bell
 3.
Interview with Sol Luckman on "Health & Science: The Next Generation," by Stuart Titus
Also, Also ... DNA-related Definition of the Month
 
&
 
Did You Know?
 
1.
 
What Our Human Genome Tells UsElisabet Sahtouris
 
T
he Human Genome Project's completion was greeted by a flurry of media commentary.Although
Science 
and
Nature 
both made original reports available, few of us have the timeor expertise to sort through firsthand information. Unfortunately, the media reports oftenpresented difficulties in interpretation. They ranged from accounts of scientists' dismay thatour gene count was little higher than that of yeasts, worms and mice, along with confusing
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talk of "junk," "detritus" and "parasites" in much of our DNA, to a few opinions that theawesome complexity of our DNA indicated the hand of God at work.What then are we, the public, to believe? And whatever we choose to believe between theseextremes, how will this affect our voices with respect to the lucrative new opportunities suchprojects open up for the genetic "engineering" of our selves and our potential clones and"designer babies"?
Genomic Evolution as an Internet
 Perhaps the key comments on the results came directly from Celera, the private teamcompleting the project and reporting in
Science 
(February 16, 2001), "Taken together thenew findings show the human genome to be far more than a mere sequence of biologicalcode written on a twisted strand of DNA. It is a dynamic and vibrant ecosystem of its own,reminiscent of the thriving world of tiny Whos that Dr. Seuss' elephant, Horton, discoveredon a speck of dust ... [I]n one of the bigger surprises to come out of the new analysis, someof the 'junk' DNA scattered throughout the genome that scientists had written off as geneticdetritus apparently plays an important role after all."What does it mean to discover that our genome is a "dynamic and vibrant ecosystem"? Toanswer that question, to grok our DNA, we need to go back in evolution to complex systemsevolved by archeobacteria billions of years ago, when they alone held title to Earth. Weneed to understand that their amazing lifestyle diversity was rooted in their ability to tradeDNA freely among themselves.To this day, every bacterium around the planet can trade bits of DNA with any other it cancontact, and in microbiologist Lynn Margulis' words, they do so with all the fervor of traderson the floor of a stock exchange. We have, in fact, been stymied by their ability to alter theirgenomes in response to our anti-bacterial warfare.
 
This DNA information exchange begun in ancient times may well be seen as the originalInternet. The important thing to understand is that DNA has been and is traded as aworldwide information system throughout evolution.
The DNA Internet Today
 
The greatest steps in evolution are arguably the evolution of nucleated cells (eukaryotes) asthe communal symbioses of archeobacteria (prokaryotes) and the later evolution of multi-celled creatures from eukaryotes. Margulis demonstrated cell symbiosis in exquisite detail,and successfully revised the classic tree of evolution showing it to be made entirely ofmicrobes except for the tips of one branch representing all multi-celled creatures! (
National Geographic 
, March 1998, p. 79).The staggering pervasiveness of DNA in the biological world is memorably depicted byJeremy Narby in
The Cosmic Serpent 
. Narby pointed out that if the six inches of DNApacked into the invisibly small nucleus of each of our one hundred trillion cells werestretched end to end, a jet plane traveling one thousand kilometers per hour would fly morethan two centuries to reach its terminus!
 
After this surprising result, Narby calculated that a single handful of living soil contains moreDNA than that of our entire bodies, bacteria being packed far more closely in soil thancellular nuclei are in us. The genome project updates Narby's DNA measurement to six feetof DNA molecule per human body cell, which leaves our poor jet pilot flying continually forover 2,400 years! Let us revise the handful of soil accordingly into a full wheelbarrow loadand acknowledge that microbes are still the world's most pervasive and influential life forms.
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 Nature seen from this perspective is nothing short of astonishing--a vast self-organizing andreorganizing DNA information system, largely microbial. Some scientists see viruses asblueprint packets ancient bacteria created to mail out in multiple copies--highly efficient DNAdistribution at a distance. Smaller packets of tradable DNA are called plasmids.Lewis Thomas, former head of Yale Medical School, better known for his wonderful scienceessays, suggested in
Lives of a Cell 
that ancient bacteria may have invented us as big taxisto get around in safely. I think it more likely we are conference centers for their informationexchange. After all, we continually breathe in and absorb bacteria, viruses, plasmids andother loose snippets of DNA, permitting them to throng about in our guts, cells and evenchromosomes.Scientists express surprise at how much "biological activity" goes on in our genomes, and atbacteria living in them. They now see that over forty times as much DNA as that in knowngenes is devoted to TEs--transposable elements known since Barbara McClintock'spioneering work half a century ago showing that TEs not only move about but do so inresponse to stress on the organism. Her results have been supported by many laterresearchers, including Eshel ben Jacob, who sees the genomes of bacterial colonies asgroup minds able to respond intelligently to stress on their colonies.
 
It seems reasonable to suppose that our genomic system, too, is behaving intelligently as aconstant hive of activity now known to edit and repair itself. If it did not know what it wasdoing, I believe it would revert to chaos in very short order.
Genetic "Engineering"
 We now know genomes repair mutations and other errors. Evolution may proceed primarilyin response to crisis situations, when genomes get inventive, drawing on their great librariesof information to develop new gene configurations.At present the global genomic system, including our own genomes, is under assault fromhuman-produced toxins. Some come from industrial wastes, some from industrial products,such as our highly destructive agricultural chemicals. And then there are the assaults of ourantibiotics and genetic "engineering."My consistent quotation marks around the word "engineering" are deliberate. To engineersomething requires a thorough understanding of the system in question, and I questionwhether genetic engineers understand how genomic systems work. Rather than seeing theirintelligent self-maintenance and responsive creativity, they see genomes as dumbmechanisms. They are surprised when crop genomes, for example, either reject geneimplants as bodies reject organ implants, or make multiple copies, sending them out to weedspecies that become as immune to the sprays sold with the engineered seed as the cropitself!Because it now becomes clear that genes can be traded across, as well as within, species,there is no question that we can do enormous damage by playing with this powerful but non-containable technology. It is already impossible to guarantee organic corn and soybeans,because we cannot contain our genetic implants within geographical locations or withinspecies. Some medications are now failing in people who have ingested genetically alteredfoods; other warning signs are flaring up daily.
Where Next?
 The actual results of the genome project indicate that our genomes are closely related to
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