Drew Blount

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The chromosomes of the diploid Hyla chrysoscelis and its tetraploid sibling species H. versicolor were studied with AgNO3 staining and in situ hybridization to determine the chromosome location of the 18S and 28S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes. A total of 236 Hyla chrysoscelis from 34 localities in 15 U.S. states and 100 H. versicolor from 15 localities in 12(More)
Inspired by natural biochemicals that perform complex information processing within living cells, we design and simulate a chemically implemented feedforward neural network, which learns by a novel chemical-reaction-based analogue of backpropagation. Our network is implemented in a simulated chemical system, where individual neurons are separated from each(More)
It is obviously useful to think of evolved individuals in terms of their adaptations, yet the task of empirically classifying traits as adaptations has been claimed by some to be impossible in principle. I reject that claim by construction, introducing a formal method to empirically test whether a trait is an adaptation. The method presented is general,(More)
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