Monday, 27 December 2010

Debunking Corner: An experimental evolutionist replies to Behe

Here are some excerpts of a response to Behe's recent "paper" in QRB;


What surprises me is that anyone would consider this absence of novelty in experimental evolution studies to be surprising, given what we know both about evolution and about the nature of the experiments. 
Answers to these problems aren’t yet available simply because we simply have not applied much effort.  Indeed, there is still much we have yet to understand about the seemingly more mundane process of point mutation evolution in the simplest environments.  As I noted above, we do have many dozens of ‘directed evolution” studies in which various functions and activities haven been evolved from random libraries of RNA molecules, and those studies have shown that selection can be a powerful and creative force.


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