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The Human Mutation Rate and Its Implications

Every time human DNA is passed from one generation to the next it accumulates 100–200 new mutations, according to a DNA-sequencing analysis of the Y chromosome. This number — the first direct measurement of the human mutation rate — is equivalent to one mutation in every 30 million base pairs, and matches previous estimates from […]

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RNA Getting Lengthy

ScienceDaily reports on an interesting experiment relevant to OOL scenarios. With the aid of a straightforward experiment, researchers have provided some clues to one of biology’s most complex questions: how ancient organic molecules came together to form the basis of life. Specifically, this study demonstrated how ancient RNA joined together to reach a biologically relevant […]

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ID-Compatible Predictions: Foresighted Mechanisms Identified?

Core ID and ID-compatible hypotheses have various predictions. For example, there’s the confirmed predictions related to junk DNA and genetic nature of the platypus, the predictions about designer drugs, long-term preservation mechanisms for conserving information that is not currently implemented, and retroviruses being capable of being used to implement designed changes. At this time the […]

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Behe’s “Multiple mutations needed for E. coli”

Multiple mutations needed for E. coli An interesting paper has just appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “Historical contingency and the evolution of a key innovation in an experimental population of Escherichia coli”. (1) It is the “inaugural article” of Richard Lenski, who was recently elected to the National Academy. Lenski, […]

Intelligent Design

GA This!

The concept of IC is that an IC system has no *functioning* precursors with the same function. Zachriel’s program (and other similar programs randomly generating phrases) don’t challenge IC because the target phrases do not have functioning precursors. As in, they do have precursors but they do not provide the same meaning. Thus, if IC […]

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The Edge of Horizontal Gene Transfer

Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT) is now being invoked fairly often as a magic wand by Darwinists. So what experimental evidence do we have? Genome-Wide Experimental Determination of Barriers to Horizontal Gene Transfer Horizontal gene transfer, in which genetic material is transferred from the genome of one organism to another, has been investigated in microbial species […]

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Putting the Cart Before the Horse

When it comes to discussing open systems aren’t we getting a little ahead of ourselves here? There are still some very basic problems to solve before getting into hand-waving over the evolution of computers and human minds. http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/0605863103v1 Solutions with as little as 1% enantiomeric excess (ee) of D- or L-phenylalanine are amplified to 90% […]