Re: [asa] lactose tolerance mutation

From: Jim Armstrong <>
Date: Tue Dec 12 2006 - 20:15:16 EST

It sure sounds like the same or an equivalent mutation. This from the
Washington Post article

"Now, researchers have evidence that the domestication of cattle
thousands of years ago was the key to lactose tolerance emerging
independently in Europe and Africa."

The easiest explanation is the same mutation. One might speculate about
a certain susceptibility that allowed one mutation to occur, also
allowing the same mutation under similar conditions in another location.


Randy Isaac wrote:

> This afternoon I listened to the radio program "The Bible Answer Man"
> sponsored by the Christian Research Institute. Paul Nelson was the
> guest. He is very impressive in his style of communication. It was
> generally the standard ID fare but I was surprised at his answer to
> one of the call-in questions. The caller asked whether there were any
> beneficial mutations or if they were all harmful. Paul essentially
> said none was beneficial and mutations may be neutral at best but
> neutrality doesn't drive evolution.
> I wish I could have jumped in and asked about the article that Jack
> Haas posted on his blog on Dec. 11 (I presume you all regularly check
> Jack's blog at ) on lactose
> tolerance. If I understand it correctly this is not only an example of
> a positive mutation (assuming it is positive to be tolerant of
> lactose) but also one of convergent evolution. I'm not an expert in
> this field so I have some questions for those of you who are. Are they
> implying that the same mutation occurred in different populations to
> achieve convergence in lactose tolerance? Or are these different
> mutations? If so, what are the characteristics of the mutations
> causing this change? Is it silencing a specific protein? Activating a
> silent one? In general, I would like to know what you think is the
> significance of this finding.
> Randy

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