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Variant Genetic Codes — Another Reason Biologists Are Thinking Twice

David Klinghoffer

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I wish all our Christian readers a wonderful Easter. For your enjoyment: our Discovery Institute colleagues Brian Miller and Paul Nelson had a really fascinating conversation about failed predictions of the theory of universal common ancestry. Listen to it here, or download the ID the Future podcast here.

Dr. Nelson observes a pattern where until recently, evolutionary biologists protected common descent against the evidence of its own inadequacy. He gives as one example variant genetic codes — something that ought not to be possible under the standard picture of a single tree of life.

As challenges accumulate to the Darwin Tree, biologists are thinking twice — not necessarily to embrace non-Darwinian paradigms such as intelligent design, but subjecting this particular pillar of evolutionary thinking to new skepticism.

Questioned by Dr. Miller, Dr. Nelson, superbly lucid as ever, outlines the implication for the evolution debate.

Photo: DNA represented in maize, by Jason Wallace (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.

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