By David Coppedge
Creationists looked in what evolutionists called “junk DNA” and found gems. Evolutionists are still looking for their gems in junk mutations.
Like gift wrapping, headlines of science articles do not always reveal what’s inside. Some people send dead flowers in pretty boxes to make a statement. Evolutionists are still looking for something beautiful in mutations, as evidenced by this title on PhysOrg: “Insects show how DNA mistakes become evolutionary innovation.” As if to avoid embarrassment, the subtitle quickly added, “One of the more difficult aspects of evolution for some people to swallow is the notion that random copying errors in DNA can add up to anything useful.” That’s a clever parlay; the problem is yours, not Darwin’s! (see “Shifting the Burden of Proof” fallacy.)
What did reporter Faye Flam offer as proof for this “notion”? Two papers that claim mutated copies of a gene allowed insects to avoid death when ingesting toxins called cardenolides (old news; see 7/25/2012). The “innovation,” therefore, is not a new organ or capability that didn’t exist before, but a reduced vulnerability. The article celebrated this as an “evolutionary trick” that produced “convergent evolution” in different insect lineages. Evolution, though, should produce new species (like Darwin titled his book, The Origin of Species). Flam could not claim that the varieties able to ingest the toxins were new species; in fact, the article confessed at the end, “The way new species are born is another longstanding puzzle in evolution that DNA is helping scientists to solve.” Come back later for the promised proof of innovation.
Speaking of Darwin, another press release from the Vienna University of Evolutionary Medicine echoed on Science Daily promised to help Darwin out by showing “New Understandings of How Populations Change Over Time.”…
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