Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Transposable Elements in the Rice Genome: New Data for an Old Theory

Evolution has many false predictions to its credit, but for every false prediction there is an adjustment. Evolution's expectations are constantly being upended, but each time the unabashed evolutionists simply add another patch to their theory. They never stop to consider that there could be a problem--after all, evolution is a fact.

Consider, for example, the evolutionary expectation that biological adaptation is, like water eroding rock, a long slow process requiring eons of time. Only by the magic of natural selection acting on blind mutations are species able to adapt to environmental pressures. Only rarely does a mutation serendipitously cause a helpful change, and even then it might not spread through the population. It's amazing that species have survived at all.

But biology reveals that species adapt rapidly, enacting adaptations that help deal with the environmental pressures. In many cases selection has nothing to do with it, and it doesn't require eons of time. You can read more about this false prediction of evolution here.

Research continues to fill in our understanding of this intelligent adaptation capability. For instance, new findings are now revealing more about how rice can rapidly adapt. In this case the smart adaptations were caused by transposable elements which are small segments of DNA that evolutionists thought inconveniently plopped themselves down in the genome whereever they happened to land. The transposable elements would help only rarely when a lucky insertion occurred.

But instead, the research demonstrated a transposable element that not only does not act randomly, but provides rapid resistance to environmental pressures (low water and high salt environments were tested). As the lead researcher explained:

What we discovered was brand new and really stunning.

What is equally stunning is how conservative and resistant to change are evolutionists. Evidence like this makes no difference for religion, not science, drives evolutionary thinking.

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