Creative Challenge #66: Evidence of Creationism?

We haven’t had one of these for a while. Today’s challenge was inspired by an article we found at PhysOrg: Just 7% of our DNA is unique to modern humans, study shows. Briefly, PhysOrg says, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

What makes humans unique? Scientists have taken another step toward solving an enduring mystery with a new tool that may allow for more precise comparisons between the DNA of modern humans and that of our extinct ancestors. Just 7% of our genome is uniquely shared with other humans, and not shared by other early ancestors, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances.

“That’s a pretty small percentage,” said Nathan Schaefer, a University of California computational biologist and co-author of the new paper. “This kind of finding is why scientists are turning away from thinking that we humans are so vastly different from Neanderthals.”

Here’s a link to the article if you want to read it: An ancestral recombination graph of human, Neanderthal, and Denisovan genomes. You can read it on-line without a subscription, but we’ll stay with PhysOrg. They say:

The research draws upon DNA extracted from fossil remains of now-extinct Neanderthals and Denisovans dating back to around 40,000 or 50,000 years ago, as well as from 279 modern people from around the world. Scientists already know that modern people share some DNA with Neanderthals, but different people share different parts of the genome. One goal of the new research was to identify the genes that are exclusive to modern humans.

We’re skipping a lot until we get to this interesting tidbit:

The researchers also found that an even smaller fraction of our genome — just 1.5% — is both unique to our species and shared among all people alive today. Those slivers of DNA may hold the most significant clues as to what truly distinguishes modern human beings.

That’s enough. If you’re interested, you’ll read it all. Now then, everyone is wondering: What can the creationists do with this? So far, we haven’t seen anything at the usual websites we review, but you know they’re thinking about it. What will they come up with?

The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:

How can this be used by creationists to “disprove” the theory of evolution?

You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.

There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!

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10 responses to “Creative Challenge #66: Evidence of Creationism?

  1. If it only takes 7% different DNA to make us different, then Jesus only used 7% different DNA because He likes tautologies and also He was tired from all of the water flea Daphnia DNAs

  2. Admittedly, this does not prove creation, but it convincingly demonstrates the workings of the Tower of Babel (our latest attraction, don’t miss it) in separating the peoples of the world.

  3. but it convincingly demonstrates…

    O aardvaark, I repent me of my careless VR editing, worse even than my hit and miss typing

    [Flapping of cosmic wings heard in the distance …]

  4. Scientists identify the 7% of DNA that god stuck in to make us special.

  5. Something that struck me immediately was the wording in the title:
    … human, Neanderthal, Denisovan..,
    I thought that “human” refers to the genus Homo. Neanderthal is human. I’d say that the title should contrast
    …sapiens, Neanderthal. Denisovan..,

  6. Dave Luckett

    What did we tell you? Humans are not apes. There are early humans, like the Neanderthals and the Denisovans, there are different races of humans, like the Flores people, or the Naledi; but they, while barely distinct from modern humans, are clearly distinct from apes like the Australopithecines or earlier apes, let alone from the chimpanzees, gorilla or orangutan. This is exactly what separate creation of living things in their kinds predicts. That’s the science. Checkmate, evilootionist! You call on your god, Darwin, in vain!

  7. According to Darwinism, there should be an intermediate form which is >1.5% different from us.
    And to prove creationism, all that we need is something missing from Darwinism. As long as Darwinism cannot explain high temperature superconductivity (or why a “fat chance” is the same as a “slim chance”), the issue is closed.

  8. Doesn’t really matter anyway. If it was 100% evolutionists still wouldn’t shut their yappers. They only care about their just-so stories.

  9. A mere 7% of DNA to distinguish Cheeta the Chimp from Tarzan the Ape-man, or the guy who flips burgers at McDonalds from the cow that went into the meat patty?

    What further evidence do you need of the extraordinary and exquisite fine tuning that is the incontrovertable proof of my particular God–oops, I mean an Intelligent Designer (preferred pronouns: they/them).

    Repent, ye Darwinists!

  10. Theodore J Lawry

    The title of the creative challenge ” Evidence of Creationism?” is wrong. There is lots of evidence OF creationism and creationists! Evidence FOR creationism, that’s the hard part!

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