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New Research Elucidates Directed Mutation Mechanisms

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It has been known for years that organisms and populations adapt to environmental challenges by mutating DNA nucleotides that are particularly exposed during transcription. In other words, when faced with an environmental challenge a cell identifies certain genes which can help meet the challenge. But the gene might require some modification. And so when the DNA double helix is unwound (in order to make a copy of the gene) the exposed single stranded DNA is subject to mutation. Therefore mutations don’t occur randomly in the genome, but rather in the genes where they can help to address the challenge. But there is more. The gene’s single stranded DNA has certain coils and loops which expose only some of the gene’s nucleotides to mutation. So not only are certain genes targeted for mutation, but certain nucleotides within those genes are targeted in what is referred to as directed mutations. As one paper explained:  Read more

2 Replies to “New Research Elucidates Directed Mutation Mechanisms

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    DennisJones says:

    Great essay. Please check out the article I wrote in response to criticism against Dembski’s no free lunch theorems here, http://dennisdjones.wordpress......questions/.

    And, please see what’s happening at the Intelligent Design – Official Page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/140995135944096/?ref=ts&fref=ts. Thanks!!

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    billmaz says:

    There has been a lot written in the past few decades on adaptive or directed mutations. Some have even incorporated quantum mechanics to explain the phenomenon, which classical or Neo-Darwinian theory has difficulty explaining. You will find a lot more on this topic here.
    Adaptive Mutations and Quantum Mechanics

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