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|Genetics paper retracted: “Some other mechanism” is responsible for genetic mutations|
September 3, 2011
Posted by News under Evolution, Genetics, Intelligent Design, Natural selection, News
In “Genetics Paper Retracted: Due to statistical errors, a Science paper claiming that mutation is responsible for genetic variation is retracted” (The Scientist September 2, 2011), Jessica P. Johnson reports,
|A May 2010 Science paper showing that the most genetically fit cow-pea weevils have fewer deleterious genetic mutations in their genomes than their less fit counterparts was retracted yesterday (September 1) by the authors because of flaws in their statistical analysis.|
|The results apparently supported the hypothesis that individuals with the fewest bad mutations will produce the most fit offspring.|
|The revised data analysis, which shows little effect on fitness due to mutation, suggests that some other mechanism may instead be responsible for maintaining genetic variation in weevil populations.|
Must have been the designer at work.
"[...] the type of information we find in living systems is beyond the creative means of purely material processes [...] Who or what is such an ultimate source of information? [...] from a theistic perspective, such an information source would presumably have to be God."
- William Dembski -