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TNRTB Classic: A Well-Ordered Challenge to Biological Evolution

A few days ago I wrote about research results obtained by French scientists that run counter to a key prediction of the evolutionary paradigm: namely that gene synteny should reflect evolutionary relationships by decreasing as the evolutionary relatedness of organisms diminishes.

This expectation stems from the view that random biochemical processes generated the order of genes along the common ancestor’s DNA molecule arbitrarily. As evolutionary processes spawned different lineages from the common ancestor, the gene order was preserved, but becomes increasingly different over time due to recombination events.

One of the key assumptions undergirding this interpretation is that synteny serves no functional purpose. But if there is a functional basis for it, then the property could be understood as a design feature. From a creation perspective, synteny reflects the work of a Creator who intentionally ordered genes along the DNA molecule, and shared synteny represents common design, not common descent.

To learn more about the functional importance of synteny, click on the following links:

Subjects: Molecular Evolution

Dr. Fazale Rana

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana