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About frankabernathy

I am a retired cell biologist and alumnus of Ohio State University. I became interested in chromosomes as far back as the 1960's when I wrote a term paper on the effects of radiomimetic drugs on chromosomes. I was fascinated at how they could break apart and reform new structures so easily. I became further involved in the early 1970's after taking a cytogenetics course at the University of Arkansas. I took that knowledge with me to Ohio State in 1980 where I eventually worked on my research and completed my Ph.D. dissertation, "Studies on Eukaryotic DNA Superstructure". My studies and later research suggested that the DNA within the eukaryotic chromosome is not the simple, linear molecular thread so widely suggested in all the classic textbooks published today. Instead, it may be the culmination of a geologically rapid set of endosymbiotic events where microorganisms plug into each other to create something greater than themselves. Feel free to contact me at

Does apoptosis recapitulate phylogeny in reverse? (revisited)

This is an old post from May, 2011. I didn’t include any images before, so I thought I would try to do a better job this time. You can blow a house to smithereens using explosives or you can carefully … Continue reading

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Workplace Narcissism

I know this appears to have almost nothing to do with chromosomes or scientific research but everything in life is connected. Dysfunctional personalities are the bain of everybody’s existence, including scientists.  I’ve seen several posts about this subject. One in particular simply … Continue reading

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The Human Population Time Bomb

I have talked about human population in other venues, but when I saw David Attenborough’s video on Facebook, I had to share the link here. Let me say this about such an incredibly important topic: Many people have been brainwashed into … Continue reading

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Regarding Comments

???????? I have been getting quite a lot of comments lately. Some of them are repeats. They are almost always positive in nature but somewhat generic in content, meaning they could apply to other blogs as well. So, I am … Continue reading

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Thing One and Thing Two

  So let’s summarize most of the March and April posts I’ve done here. What are “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” here? Do you know? Does anybody else know? Are they being discussed in any reputable scientific journals, blogs, or … Continue reading

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Cellular Upgrades Via Endosymbionts

The fourth post below this one compared cellular evolution to corporate mergers. However, the devil’s always in the details, isn’t it?  So let’s try to get to the semi nitty gritty here. You can also think of cellular evolution as a … Continue reading

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Non-english comments

I really appreciate all the comments and compliments I have received on this blog and look forward to more. However, I have to say something about comments in languages other than english. In this day and age, it has to … Continue reading

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