1. There are virtually no neutral mutations (only SNPs). 2. Coding DNA is 99.9% of the genome. 3. By "epigenetics" he means "epigenetics". 4. Sequence homology cannot be used to infer genealogical relationships. 5. Micro is the opposite of macro evolution. 6. There is no macroevolution going on right now. 7. There is a "60% maximum because any more mutations will hit the key residues and will abolish gene function and thus affect organism viability" (aka MGD) for all organisms. 8. "The more function a gene performs, the more functional constraints on its mutation, and the less the MGD for this gene." 9. "Humans are the pinnacle of both the tree of life and complexity" and are not apes. 10. Any exception to a "rule" in evolutionary theory negates the theory. Period. 11. MGD has no exceptions. Period.
And as such, it is wise for one with common sense and bit of relevant knowledge to believe that Shi is a crackpot and a poseur.
quote:Dr. Huang is quite adamant that there are virtually no neutral mutations. .1% in fact.
Then I submit that Huang has never bothered to do sequence comparions. Even comparing members of the same species one can find numerous real differences. Steven Pinker and Craig Venter's genomes, for example, differed by many millions of bps, in addition to a nearly 1 million bp indel. Is the correct conclusion really that only a few thousand of those were neutral? Absurd. What is Huang's actual area of expertise? Does anyone know?
Classic crackpottery. Shame so many have latched onto his nonsense.
Molbiogirl also mentioned this conversation. Reading Huang's comments, it comes across as classic 'angry arrogant IDcreationist' boilerplate stuff - none of his coworkers thnk much of evolution, evolutionists hatemath, blah blah blah.
Please, when you first join a thread, do not do it by beginning with the first message and replying to every message that you think merits a response. Rather, read the thread through to the end then post at most a few replies that maintain the current focus.
I tried to think of ways to test your ideas. I want to compare sponge, mammals and fungi, to see their genetic equidistance. Sponge does have a limited gene to control the development, but they are compared to the original gene regulation in mammals, the discovery and development approach....