There are supposedly some 10 million years of mutations separating man from chimps. Chimps and men differ by some 5% of their DNA (the evolutionist 1% has been proven wrong by the same man who originally made the statement).BZZZZZT! It's more like 1.4% where it counts - in the genes themselves:
The new estimate could be a little misleading, said Saitou Naruya, an evolutionary geneticist at the National Institute of Genetics in Mishima, Japan. "There is no consensus about how to count numbers or proportion of nucleotide insertions and deletions," he said.Besides, IIRC his method of counting insertions & deletions would treat a 100 base pair insertion as 100 mutations. Nebullis, do you remember if this is true?
Indels are common in the non-functional sections of the genome, said Peter Oefner, a researcher at Stanford's Genome Technology Center in Palo Alto, California. Scientists estimate that up to 97 percent of DNA in the human genome has no known function. However, he added, indels are extremely rare in gene sequences.
"We haven't observed a single indel in a [gene] to date between human and chimp," said Oefner. Therefore, the revised estimate doesn't alter the amount of DNA that holds information about our species. Humans and chimps still differ by about one percent in gene sequences, he said.
Since chimps and men have about 3 billion DNA base pairs that 5% represents some 150,000,000 favorable mutations in those ten million years. Since with all our science, all our billions in research on DNA for decades have not shown a single favorable mutation has ever happened, I think that your statement is absolutely wrong scientifically - just as evolution is completely wrong scientifically.Plugging in the correct numbers & assumptions:
Since chimps and men have about
3 billion90 million gene-encoding DNA base pairs that 5%1.4% represents some 150,000,00014,000 neutral or favorable mutations in those ten million years.
Not quite. This 'study' is not a study at all. It is a reinterpretation of the work done by Roy Britten in comparing the sequences of human and chimp DNA. It is a reductionist view of the DNA differences between humans and chimps. It throws away most of the differences because supposedly they are unimportant because they are not in genes. Well the rest of the DNA does matter unlike what this hack has to say. Yes 97% of DNA does not code for genes, but his statement that
Scientists estimate that up to 97 percent of DNA in the human genome has no known function.
is totally false and he is not a scientist if he made it. The last half dozen years of biological research have been concerned with finding out just exactly what that 97% of DNA which evolutionists call "junk" does. What this DNA does is control what the gene does, when and how much protein it is to make, and even what specific proteins, amongst several which many genes can make, are to be made by the gene. In other words 'this junk' which this hack says scientists say 'has no known function' is what makes an organism function. In one single discovery, they have found what 10% of that DNA does - it acts as a zipper during cell division. So your article is total nonsense and National Geographic should be ashamed to publish such garbage.
So the 3.9% difference you wish to throw away is indeed important as is the 97% of DNA which your phony article claims is non-functional. What this shows is the quality of science being peddled by what were once respectable magazines in their attempt to save the totally discredited theory of evolution by discrediting the good reputation they had built up for decades.