TNRTB Classic: A Well-Ordered Challenge to Biological Evolution

A few days ago I wrote about research results obtained by French scientists that run counter to a key prediction of the evolutionary paradigm: namely that gene synteny should reflect evolutionary relationships by decreasing as the evolutionary relatedness of organisms diminishes.

This expectation stems from the view that random biochemical processes generated the order of genes along the common ancestor’s DNA molecule arbitrarily. As evolutionary processes spawned different lineages from the common ancestor, the gene order was preserved, but becomes increasingly different over time due to recombination events.

One of the key assumptions that undergirds this interpretation is that synteny serves no functional purpose. But if there is a functional basis for it, then the property could be understood as a design feature. From a creation perspective, synteny reflects the work of a Creator who intentionally ordered genes along the DNA molecule, and shared synteny represents common design, not common descent.

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