One common argument for common descent which one hears very frequently in the evolutionary literature concerns the placement of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) in orthologous loci in primate genomes.
Over at his Forbes.com blog, John Farrell has written a critique of Jonathan Wells’ new book The Myth of Junk DNA. The only problem is that many of the arguments Farrell critiques aren’t ones that Jonathan Wells makes in the book. Below is a comment I posted on Mr. Farrell’s blog in response: Dear Mr. Farrell, Have you read Jonathan wells’ book The Myth of Junk DNA? I don’t mean to be cheeky, but frankly, it doesn’t seem like you have. The Myth of Junk DNA either doesn’t make the arguments you claim it does about a perfect mutation-free or disease-free genome, or it refutes the arguments you make in your post. Regarding the latter problem, your post is logically Read More ›
Presto chango–evolution sounds so easy! But according to Darwin, evolution requires more than just “enough generations.” Darwin acknowledged that evolution also requires a continuous evolutionary pathway.
Now what are the odds of this?
Over the weekend, Jonathan Wells’s The Myth of Junk DNA broke into the top five on Amazon’s list of books dealing with genetics — a list normally dominated at its pinnacle by various editions of Richard Dawkins’s The Selfish Gene.