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“Much ado about nothing.”
I’m not sure that I go along with that.
For one thing, back in 2005 when the first genome comparison was done between humans and apes, the cost to get the full chimp genome was what, a billion or several billion. Much more than what the project would allow. So only a partial chimp genome was done and the assumption was that the Human /chimp genome were very similar, so the fragments of the chimp genome that were known were put on a framework that came from the human genome and that yielded a 98% to 99% similarity between the genomes.
Fast forward a number of years and technology makes it possible to more fully map out the genomes and new comparisons give far different similarities, going from a percent or two difference to 15 to 20 percent difference. The difference is hundreds of millions of base pairs. That sounds quite significant. As an engineer, one thousandth of error is generally acceptable. This is an error of a magnitude of 10. The difference to the genome is staggering. We’re not just playing with a bunch of junk DNA. There are changes to extremely complex coded DNA. There are significant changes to DNA that has extremely complex controls. The DNA that provides the scaffolding to put DNA sequences in 3dimensional space must compensate for this magnitude of change.
I’ve read lengthy discussions about this and the expert evolution scientist opines on the side that this is not a problem for common descent and evolution. I don’t see it that way.
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