Re: Dembski and Nelson at MIT and Tufts

rschooler (
Tue, 06 Apr 1999 13:50:09 -0700

The April 6 Los Angeles Times has a front page story on "directed evolution,"
which may (or may not) have something to say about ID. Here are some snips I
found interesting:

[snip] Jeremy Minshull, a biochemist at Santa Clara, Calif.-based Maxygen
Inc., compares the process to the traditional breeding of new traits in
animals that were not present in either parent.

Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory, "was a pigeon fancier,"
Minshull said at a recent conference on enzyme technologies. "He observed that
in a few generations, pigeons could be bred with fantastic featers on their
feet." Minshull said, even though neither parent's stock had such feathers.
And the only purpose was an aesthetic one, to please the breeders.

[snip] Said Maxygen's Minshull: "All properties are evolvable....The future is
limited only by our imaginations."

If this is true, then creation was infinitly gifted from its first nanosecond.
The question is: Has the Creator done any "breeding."?

Ron Schooler
Los Angeles, California