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Did This Genetic Study Just Accidentally Disprove Evolution?

A pair of researchers have uncovered a surprising lack of mutation that contradicts the mainstream scientific understanding of the age of life on earth.

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A pair of researchers have uncovered a surprising lack of mutation in the so-called “DNA barcodes” of 100,000 animal species that contradicts the mainstream scientific understanding of the age of life on earth.

Faith Wire’s Carly Holiman reports that Mark Stoeckle of Rockefeller University in New York, and David Thaler at the University of Basel in Switzerland, “examined five million gene snapshots called ‘DNA barcodes.’ The barcodes, collected from 100,000 animal species, including humans, revealed what came as a shock to the researchers: nine out of 10 species on Earth today — humans included — came into being around 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.”

“Stoeckle, lead author of the study, explained in the journal Human Evolution that while the popular biological belief is that species with large, long-standing populations (e.g. ants, rats, humans) would become more genetically diverse over time, the reality is that genetic diversity has been ‘about the same’ for hundreds of millennia.”

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The 100,000 barcodes examined show a conspicuous lack of “neutral” mutations, i.e. small genetic changes over generations that do not negatively or positively impact a species’ chance of survival. “Like the rings of a tree,” Holiman explains, these neutral mutations can indicate a species’ age.

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“This conclusion is very surprising, and I fought against it as hard as I could,” Thaler told AFP.

But, Holiman says, it was impossible for the scientists to ignore their findings.

“The only question that remains — and it’s a rather big question,” she says, “is how 90 percent of the animal life on Earth is roughly the same age, genetically speaking. In other words, why and how did the vast majority of species emerge at around the same time?”

Jesse Ausubel, the director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University, guesses that a large environmental event may be to blame.

“Viruses, ice ages, successful new competitors, loss of prey—all these may cause periods when the population of an animal drops sharply,” Ausubel told AFP. “In these periods, it is easier for a genetic innovation to sweep the population and contribute to the emergence of a new species.”

The study also inadvertently discovered that species have very clear boundaries in their genes, and that there is a distinct lack of evidence for “in-between” species, which Holiman says perplexed Darwin himself. Evolutionary theory takes for granted that one species evolved into another, but as of yet there exists no reliable evidence for speciation, which would be what is needed to fully support the theory of macroevolution.

 

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LA County Now Lifting Ban On Indoor Worship Services ‘To Align With Recent SCOTUS Rulings’

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Los Angeles County has decided to finally follow the Constitution and honor the First Amendment right of freedom of religion — a right handed down by God Himself — and lift a ban on indoor church worship services over the weekend after recent Supreme Court rulings in favor of houses of worship. Gee, how nice of them to allow folks to do what God commands them to do and hold services inside a building like normal people. This should never have been something that needed a Supreme Court ruling. The Constitution is pretty clear that the right to freely expression religion is protected. via Daily Wire: “The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with recent Supreme Court rulings for places of worship,” the county said in a press release Saturday. “Places of worship are permitted to offer faith-based services both indoors and outdoors with mandatory physical distancing and face coverings over both the nose and mouth that must be worn at all times while on site. Places of worship must also assure that attendance does not exceed the number of people who can be accommodated while maintaining a physical distance of six feet between separate households.” “Public Health strongly recommends that places of worship continue to hold services outdoors, with physical distancing and the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community,” the release continued. “Because Los Angeles County is experiencing an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community is critical. This is an absolute win for religious liberty, one of the most important and fundamental rights our republic was established upon. In fact, it was our forefathers seeking after religious…

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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event. Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said. Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn. Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches. Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn. At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live. If we cannot…

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