Re: Pseudogenes: Molecular Fossils or Functional Elements?

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Date: Thu May 01 2003 - 12:52:29 EDT

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    Pseudogenes can be both molecular fossils and functional elements. They do serve a clear function by providing potential raw material for evolution, but that function does not get one very far in trying to argue against evolution. As several other possible mechanisms for regulating gene expression are known, it does not seem as though pseudogenes are essential for gene regulation. However, their use for that purpose fits well with the expectation that evolution would work with existing materials and put them to use.

    In contrast to the ID model of Behe, etc., this looks like an example of putting together a multi-part biomolecular system using various existing pieces.

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