Skip to comments.Research questions evolution theories
Posted on 04/25/2007 6:47:07 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
Scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies believe discoveries about the genetic complexity of coral could rewrite theories about evolution.
After identifying about 10,000 genes, they believe coral could contain more genes than humans who posses about 20,000.
Coral is considered to be a simple animal.
However, Professor David Miller says its genetic complexity challenges the notion that life started out simple then evolved to become more sophisticated.
"There's this intrinsic tendency to think about a slow accumulation of complexity and a slow accumulation of genes which have allowed an increased morphological complexity in higher animals and what the coral genomes tell us is that that's completely wrong and that most genes were invented very early in animal evolution," he said.
Prof Miller says another surprise has been that coral shares many genes with humans, including those related to the development of immune systems.
"These are very, very simple animals, therefore if we can advance our understanding of how some of these immune functions work in a simple animal then that may pay back into [a] clearer understanding of some immune functions in higher animals," he said.
Makes sense ~ to optimize chances for survival the “seed carrier” has to have all the genes it might need. The retroviruses can then “trim” the genome to meet local limitations and opportunities.
Probably will. To survive, this bad theory has to be written everytime science moves forward.
The only oddity they report (in what you quote) is that simple coral might have more genes than humans, not fewer. Only if one insists that more complex animals must have more genes than apparently simple animals is this a puzzle. Guess that means this isn't so ... whoopee!
Whomever wrote that headline from this evidence was fishing for a story.
Well, that settles it. Everything was created just as it is now. There is no evolution. However, the creator remains the Great Spaghetti Monster.
Makes "deletions" more important.
Cue the “it changed, ergo it must be wrong” crowd.
Who said it was a theory? I thought Huxley showed it was a religion?
ABC.net is biased towards creationism? Who knew!
How many changes did we give John Kerry before deciding his views were invalid?
Completely irrelevant retort, though legitimate against IDists.
Indeed. He who forgets the pasta’s condemned to reheat it.
People only have 35,000. Of course we have higher order information processing systems at work on that genome using the minimum number of genes to produce the maximum number of proteins.
A simpler critter, without the higher order info processing systems has got to have more genes.
No doubt they'll find these guys have several tens of thousand more genes than people ~ maybe that "million genes" they used to guess we had.
Dooo Dooo Dooo Dooo Dooo We control the horizontal, we control the vertical - welcome to ..... “The Twilight Zone”.
The earth is really flat. Its just that the ocean rushes around so fast at the edges that it APPEARS to be round. Those satillite photos are part of a government plot!!!
Fancy that, coral is more complex than Al Gore.
These are creationist scientists hoping to prove evolution wrong? Who knew!
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