June 9, 2009 | David F. Coppedge

Animals Become Tame with Minor Genetic Changes

“In what could be a breakthrough in animal breeding, a team of scientists from Germany, Russia and Sweden have discovered a set of genetic regions responsible for animal tameness,” began a report in Science Daily.  Groups of tame rats and aggressive rats were bred separately, then mated.  Scientists identified genetic regions responsible for the different behaviors.
    The editor of the journal Genetics in which the results were published (June issue) remarked how humans have tamed some animals for thousands of years but have had difficulty with others.  He said it’s not folklore and mythology; “genetics plays a large role in the process, and this research provides a solid scientific explanation of this phenomenon, and offers clues about how genomes can be manipulated to breed tame animals of species once believed to be untamable.”

How difficult would it be for the Creator to alter the behavior of animals toward humans?  The Bible says God put the fear of man into animals after the Flood (Genesis 9:2) and that in the Millennium wild animals will become tame again (Isaiah 11, 65).  Is that just folklore or mythology?  Modern genetics shows there’s a “solid scientific explanation for this phenomenon.”  Compared to inventing an animal in the first place, taming wild animals would be a minor tweak for the Master of Genetics.  This is certainly more plausible than thinking lions and horses are the products of slime and chance.

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