September 29, 2006 | David F. Coppedge

Paper View:  Evolutionists Augur Genes for Tales of Eyes, Hearts, Brains

The Sept. 29 issue of Science includes a special section on evolutionary genetics, beginning with an overview by Barbara R. Jasny, Elizabeth Pennisi and John Travis entitled “Genomic Tales.”1 

Our organs tell stories.  A pathologist, for example, can look at a lung and recognize a lifetime of toiling in a mine.  Our genes tell stories, too.  By comparing the genomic sequences of an ever-increasing number of organisms, we are now uncovering how our bodies came to be the way they are.  Evolution, it seems, is a tale of détente: The need to adapt to changing environments is in a tug of war with the demand for precisely functioning biological machinery.  The stories presented in the special section (and the graphic, p. 1912) emphasize different facets of this complex saga.  They are not just historical lessons; they have implications for understanding disease mechanisms as well as basic physiology.

It’s not quite clear who is telling the tales, though – the genes or the evolutionists – when they make comments like the next sentence: “When it comes to the story of the human brain, we are still stuck on the preface.”  It becomes apparent when looking at the other five articles in the series that the bulk of the story is not in the genes, but in the imaginations of scientists committed to evolutionary explanations….
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