- (n) 1. The
specialized cells produced by organisms for sexual reproduction. In
isogamous species, the gametes produced by the sexes are of equal size;
in anisogamous species, the gametes are of different sizes (with the
producers of smaller gametes considered as male). In most metazoan
animals, gametes are produced by meiosis and are haploid.
- Gap theory
- (np) 1. A
theory that assigns God as the explanation for anything that science
cannot (yet) completely explain -- such as the origin of life on Earth,
or the "cause" of certain quantum events. The problem with gap theory,
from a theological point of view, is that God keeps getting smaller and
smaller as science explains more things -- a few hundred years ago, God
was the cause of weather and disease and any number of other day-to-day
events, but now He can act only in the distant past or in ways
indistiguishable from the actions of random processes. Also God of the Gaps theory.
- (n) 1. The fundamental
physical and functional unit of heredity which carries information from
generation to the next. [den., from Suzuki et al., 1989]
- (np) 1. Computational systems based upon an
implementation of natural selection as an algorithm for classification
- Genetic drift
1. Evolution(1) due to the
fact that the transmission of alleles from one generation to the next
is essentially a process of sampling from a finite set. The actual
base pair sequences within the genome of a species may undergo mostly
unexpressed variations without the application of natural selection.
Genetic drift underlies the premise of the neutral theory.
- (n) 1. The
branch of science which deals with elucidating the attributes and
mechanisms of heredity in living systems. On Earth, this involves
research into RNA and DNA. [den., science]
- (n) 1. The
heritable information contained in an individual. [den., science]
- God Of The Gaps
(n) A deity that is employed by its believers whenever they don't
understand something. Some TAEs
cling to that god, and they see with horror that the more you
understand, the less gaps are left for it to live in, so they prefer
understanding as little as possible.
- Gosse Assertion,
- (np) 1. The belief that a creator created the
universe and life by fiat, but with the "appearance of age". Rightly
rejected by most theologically astute persons as libelous or
blasphemous. Gosse was the author
of "Omphalos" (navel), where this assertion was given its fullest
- Gosse Hypothesis,
- (np) see Gosse Assertion.