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n. Genetics
An artificially constructed plasmid used for cloning large genes or other DNA sequences.

[Blend of cos (sequence), sequence of DNA allowing the cosmid to form as a circle (short for cohesive ends) and plasmid.]
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a large plasmid that is used as a cloning vector and is able to clone large segments of DNA
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Noun1.cosmid - (genetics) a large vector that is made from a bacteriophage and used to clone genes or gene fragments
vector - (genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell
genetic science, genetics - the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
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Para testar suas hipoteses, Cosmides e Tooby (1992) aplicaram em estudantes universitarios a tarefa de selecao de Wason.
Cosmides and Tooby (1989, 1992) suggest that such detection and avoidance mechanisms arise through and function within exchange relationships between individuals in which there are opportunities and incentives for economically parasitic behaviors.
Emotions are designed to coordinate mechanisms and ultimately direct behavior (Cosmides & Tooby, 2000).
The main difference, with respect to other competence-based theories that have been proposed for language (Chomsky, 1980), for visual perception (Marr, 1982), and in much evolutionary psychology (e.g., Cosmides & Tooby, 1994; Cosmides, Tooby & Barkow, 1992), is that communicative competence is here defined in terms of mental states instead than of computational submechanisms.
Con el advenimiento de la llamada psicologia evolucionista a finales del siglo pasado, parece abrirse una nueva etapa en las relaciones entre evolucionismo y psicologia (vease Barkow, Cosmides y Tooby, 1992; Buss, 1989; Cosmides y Tooby, 1987).
TAM intenta ofrecer una vision global de la arquitectura de la mente bajo la Hipotesis de la Modularidad Masiva (en adelante, HMM), hipotesis muy de moda en estos tiempos y defendida, sobre todo, por los representantes y adherentes de la psicologia evolucionista (Tooby y Cosmides 1992, Pinker 1997, Sperber 2002).
One view is that reasoners rely on abstract rules of inference that operate in virtue of their form (e.g., Braine & O'Brien, 1998; Rips, 1994), and a second view is that reasoners rely on domain-specific rules of inference (e.g., Fiddick, Cosmides & Tooby, 2000; Holyoak & Cheng, 1995).
Para a psicologia evolucionista, o cerebro humano e um aparato computacional complexo no qual diversos dispositivos especializados funcionam de maneira integrada (Duchaine, Cosmides, & Tooby, 2001).
There is a huge amount of literature devoted to questions about the existence of psychological phenomena, and whether psychological phenomena supervene upon or emerge from neurobiological phenomena (for starters, see Kim, 1993, 2000; Lycan, 1995; Crane, 2001; Churchland, 1995; Buss, 1999; Cosmides and Tooby, 1994; Roth, 2000; Arp, 2007a, 2007b; Arp and Terzis, 2008c).
Furthermore, critics have argued forcefully that core areas of cognitive psychology cannot be properly understood without taking into account, among other things, evolution (e.g., Sugiyama, Tooby, & Cosmides, 2002), social psychology (e.