The Discovery Institute’s creationist blog really grabbed our attention with this headline: Evolution of Mammary Glands: Will You Take Some Teleology with That?
They begin by linking to and then quoting from this article in Science Daily: How mammary glands appeared in the course of evolution. You can’t read it without a subscription, but all the Discoveroids do is quote what appears to be an introductory paragraph. They left out a bit of it, however. We restored that material and put it in brackets. Okay, here it is, and the bold font was supplied by the Discoveroids when they copied it:
A [joint] team of geneticists [from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland,] demonstrated that the emergence of mammary glands in placental mammals and marsupials results from recycling certain ‘architect‘ genes. The latter, known as Hox genes, are responsible for coordinating the formation of the organs and limbs during the embryonic stage. Such genes are controlled by complex regulatory networks. In the course of evolution, parts of these networks were reused to produce different functions. Architect genes were thus requisitioned to form the mammary bud and, later, for gestation. [This team’s work has been published in the journal PNAS.]
It’s difficult to believe, but the Discoveroids claim this is evidence for intelligent design. Here are some excerpts from what they say, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Note the words highlighted in bold. Recycled? Reused? Requisitioned? Architect? Would you care for some teleology with your evolution?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This is unashamed quote-mining. After that they present us with a challenge:
Here’s a fun exercise. Try to re-write this report and avoid using the teleological action verbs imputed to ostensibly blind, dumb evolution.
No problem. Just say things like “Genes that used to perform one function mutated to perform another.” The Discoveroids, however, can’t imagine that. They finish their post with this:
For an undirected process, evolution sure does know what it’s doing. Evolution, if you’re free tonight, do mind making dinner for our family?
Clever, huh? Anyway, if you’ve been looking for evidence of intelligent design, it’s been right in front of your face — so to speak.
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