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Kern makes an omission

Michael Hopkins June 8th, 2011

Steve Kern tells us (Letters, “Galileo probe,” May 25, Gazette) that David Grow (“‘Controversy’ response,” April 27, Gazette) “would use the lack of production of vitamin C in both humans and apes as suggesting a link to a common ancestor.”

Again, Kern is missing the point. This inability to make vitamin C is hardly surprising from either a scientific or a creationist viewpoint since our natural diets include vitamin C and, thus, we can get along without the ability. But what should surprise a creationist is that humans have a broken gene for making vitamin C.

A single “letter” of DNA was deleted, turning parts of the gene after the change into gibberish from the point of view of vitamin C production. There are thousands of ways that the gene could have been broken, thus, on the basis of the fact of evolution, it was predicted that the apes would share the same mutation. That prediction was successful.

There are many other examples of broken genes telling the same story. Unless God is trying to trick us, humans and other apes share a common ancestor. Kern also says that Grow “did not mention that guinea pigs also have the same deficiency.” Correct, but Kern has himself made an omission. Guinea pigs, unlike the apes, don’t have the same mutation that caused the deficiency in humans as you would expect if evolution were true. I suggest reading “The Making of the Fittest” by Sean B. Carroll for more on this subject.

—Michael Hopkins
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06.08.2011 at 07:38 Reply

While I agree with your comment, I'm really starting to get annoyed at how long the Gazette is allowing this creationist/evolution debate to go back and fourth in these letters.  Frankly it's getting really juvenile.  Both sides have spoken, neither side wins (though I'm leaning toward science), so let's just stop revisiting this already!