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The International Conference on Creationism

As many creationists will know in August 2013 the International Conference on Creationism is scheduled. This conference is according to their site acclaimed in creation world.

The ICCs have been recognized as the world’s premier gathering of creation researchers and have, since the first conference in 1986, served to greatly further the creation model of origins.

The last ICC has indeed given a spark to the creation debate when Todd Wood published his AGEing model for biological diversification. The second thing of notice is the presentation that John Sanford gave on ‘using numerical simulation to test the validity of Neo-Darwinian Theory.

Regular readers of my blog know that biological diversification is a theme on which I frequently blog (For example my post on network analysis and creationism or Evolutionary stasis and abruptness).

I am quite curious about what the coming ICC will bring for creation biology and related fields. Although I am not able to attend this conference, this will be the major event for creationism and my anticipation is high.

When I look at the confirmed speakers I see several presentations that interest me:

  1. A Creationist Perspective on the Origin of Pathogenic Vibrio Choleae and Vibrio Cholerae Toxin by Joe Francis and Todd Wood. 
  2. The Fossil Record of Angiosperm Families in Relation to Baraminology by Roger Sanders.
  3. Mitochondrial DNA Analysis of Three Terrestrial Mammal Baramins (Equidae, Felidae, and Canidae) Implies an Accelerated Mutation Rate Near the Time of the Flood by Todd Wood
  4. The Fossil Record of Angiosperm Families in Relation to Baraminology by Roger Sanders
  5. Baraminological Analysis of Jurassic and Cretaceous Avialae by Paul Garner, Todd Wood and Marcus Ross
  6. Chromosome Number Changes Within Terrestrial Mammalian Families by Karen Bedinger
  7. The Chasm Between the Human and Chimpanzee Genomes: A Review of the Evolutionary Literature by Jerry Bergman and Jeffery Tomkins
  8. Using Numerical Simulation to Better Understand Fixation Rates, and Establishment of a New Principle – “Haldane’s Ratchet” by Christopher L. Rupe and John C. Sanford.
  9. A Review of the Last Decade of Creation Biology Research on Natural History, 2003-2012 by Todd Wood.
  10. Whatever Happened to Darwin’s Tree of Life? by Paul Nelson
  11. New Research Evaluating Similarities Between Human and Chimpanzee DNA by Jeff Tomkins.

And there is one I am extremely interested in, because I really do have my reservations by statistical baraminology:

  1. Australopithecus Sediba, Statistical Baraminology, and Challenges to Identifying the Human Holobaramin by Todd Wood

Stay tuned for more updates about these subjects. In the next months, and definitively in August I will blog more about this conference and related topics.

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Genomics

Human genome
Human genome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This period I am following an advanced course in genomics, while at the same time starting with a minor thesis in genetics. It will be interesting to learn about the latest developments in genomics.

Last year it was 10 years ago that the human genome was maps and a huge celebration issue of nature gives insight into the many implications of the human genome project. Even now, scientists are still improving the annotation (giving a function to parts of the genome) and everyday new genes are discovered and researched.

Part of the excitement about genomics lies in the fact that genomics has become cheaper and cheaper in the previous year. The capacity to sequence doubles every five months and a decent genome can be sequenced for almost 10000 dollars.

It is waiting until the moment comes when sequencing a genome does not cost more than 1000 dollars. That is when personal genomics comes into play. Personally I do not think that having your own genome sequenced is of much interest but from a scientific point of view it is very interesting to compare different individual genomes.

Comparing multiple genomes of several individuals will give tremendous insight into the genetic part of diseases and for example studies into cancer could benefit by cheap genomics.

Some people argue that the Human Genome Project is an investment beyond rational analysis. Its costs estimate from 0.5 billion to 2 billion US dollars. I think that the Human Genome project has led the way to deciphering more genomic secrets than we would have without it.

In the future either people will call us stupid to invest so much, or they will be thankfully that we were willing to spend more money on science than on anything else.