Chimp-Human Genes Evolved Much Faster Than Expected
It’s been all over the news lately – human DNA shows surprisingly divergent regions from chimpanzee counterparts. The Houston Chronicle, for instance, summarizes the find:
Searching across the four genomes, the team looked for regions of DNA about 100 letters long that had made the biggest leaps. One, they found, had changed nearly twice as much as any other region, with 18 letters of DNA different between humans and chimps. A similar stretch of chicken DNA, they found, has all but two letters in common with the chimp DNA.
The evolutionary explanation is two-fold: (1) this region of human DNA must have evolved 70 times as fast as other parts, and (2) the lack of evolution between chicken and chimp for this region must mean that “this region of the DNA had been stable for a long time, hundreds of millions of years.”
See also Medical News Today and Associated Press report on NC Star News.
We just claimed yesterday that “Darwinian evolution is so malleable that it bends itself to every anomaly, and therefore fails” the scientific criteria of testability and verifiability (08/21/2006). Here’s another example. Rather than wear sackcloth and ashes and moan and wail over their sins, they spin this story into support for Darwin. Now they expect to believe that these genes sat there undisturbed for hundreds of millions of years, only to explode into activity after Bonzo’s kid had a mutation, and presto! philosophy. Gong; next.