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on ENCODE & telivision sets, apes, silence and Dawkins

It is rather an odd title for a blogpost, but I felt like it needed that. Last months were busy months and it really was not that I did not like my readers anymore, but just that it was a busy period with a lot of finishing of projects and things like that.

But in fact I think that an update is needed desperately on this blog. Do not expect new content in this blog, but it will most certainly be about what others have blogged about and about what I have thought about related to existing posts on this blog.

  1. Encode revisited: Last year I blogged about the ENCODE results which showed that presumably a large part of the genome was functional (according to their definition), and I want to point out to an paper that was published in February which tries to debunk the claims the the ENCODE project made. I don’t agree with all of the paper, but that is something which is more suitable to a stand-alone blogpost. 
  2. Similarity between chimps and humans: In the Answers Research Journal (ARJ) a study was published that genomic similarity between chimps and humans is only 70% instead of the 98% to 99% which is assumed by most of the scientific community. Dr. While (YOUNG-earth creationist) has blogged about it. But that’s also more for another blogposts, because I tend to almost agree.. (again)

That were the pieces where I did not completely agree.

  1. On the Colossian Forumreflection article was published by Daniel Camacho who wrote about the virtue of silence based on the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. This article has my recommendations.  
  2. Some time ago a debate was organised between Rowan Williams and Richard Dawkins.The subject of the evening was whether religion has a place in the 21st century. I believe it does, as does Rowan Williams.

Judging Judging

And this is for fun (at least boring fun)

In a few weeks I will have more time to blog, but those posts will still be irregular.

[edited: Dr. While is not an old-earth-creationist, but firmly in the young earth creationists camp.]


Transposable Elements, Epigenetics, and Genome Evolution

As you all know I am interested in genomics and about how things work in the genome. And more importantly, in the diversification process that happened after God created the earth and subsequent diversification which happened after the devastating Flood.

One of the explanations is that transposable elements have played a big role in genome evolution and perhaps they can be the cause of the enormous diversification of species that we see in nature.

In the academic journal Science, in November an article was published that illustrates the profound impact that those little, but abundant genetic elements have on genome evolution. The author of the article said:

"It is becoming increasingly difficult to escape the conclusion that eukaryotic genome evolution is driven from within not just by the gentle breeze of the genetic mechanisms that replicate and repair DNA, but by the stronger winds (with perhaps occasional gale-force gusts) of transposon activity. The ability to evoke rapid genome restructuring is at the heart of eukaryotic evolvability—the capacity of organisms with larger and larger genomes to maintain evolutionary flexibility."

In fact, that’s what evolutionistJames Shapiro, and others have been saying for years. It is nice to see that science finally progresses towards a more accurate view of evolution.

But in the light of these findings and confirmations, it is becoming more and more interesting to be a young-earth creationist these days!

Stephen Jay Gould – 10 years after his death

During his life, a Stephen Jay Gould was one of the most prominent and known public figure who advocated evolution throughout his many books and articles that he wrote in a time span of thirty years.

His magnum opus was his book ‘The Structure of Evolutionary theory’, which is one long argument for a revised and extented form of evolutionary theory. Some critics thought indeed that it was a too long argument, and not all scientists were convinced by his arguments, but none of that matters when assessing the impact that he had on the field of evolutionary biology.

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