Recombination “Defies Evolution”

Homologous recombination in meiosisWe’re back to genetics, and Jeffrey Tomkins thinks he’s disproved evolution once again in Genetic Recombination Study Defies Human-Chimp Evolution. He says:

Results from a recent study in human and chimpanzee genetics have shipwrecked yet another Darwinian hypothesis.

Some parts of the chimp and human genomes are more similar to each other than others. According to Tomkins, the process of genetic recombination is supposed to have produced these differences. He points to a new paper – Recombination Rates and Genomic Shuffling in Human and Chimpanzee—A New Twist in the Chromosomal Speciation Theory – that shows, among other things, that recombination rates are actually lower in places where there are more differences. Or, in his own words: Continue reading

Recombinant Hotspots

Homologous recombination in meiosisJeffrey Tomkins also provides Monday’s news article: Gene Control Regions Are Protected–Negating Evolution. His premise is that a recent Nature letter, Genetic recombination is directed away from functional genomic elements in mice (figures), rules out an important mechanism for the production of new genetic information for evolution:

The erroneous idea that complex genetic information in the form of genes and regulatory DNA can randomly evolve, has become more untenable with every new discovery in the field of genomics. Just this past week, a discovery published in the prestigious British journal Nature has once again spectacularly confirmed that evolution is nothing but a complete myth. While the discovery was groundbreaking, the research paper received very little publicity or fanfare in the scientific press. I wonder why?

“This past week” of course means “back in late-May.” As for why this study received little publicity it would seem that it lacked a proper press release, the source of most science stories. And Tomkins seems to have been the first to come up with the “spectacularly confirmed that evolution is nothing but a complete myth” angle – even the Intelligent Design lot seem to have missed it. I wonder why? Continue reading