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Evolution and Religious Creation MythsHow Scientists Respond$
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Paul F. Lurquin and Linda Stone

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315387.001.0001

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 Evolution of the DNA World and the Chance Events That Accompanied It

 Evolution of the DNA World and the Chance Events That Accompanied It

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(p.145) 6 Evolution of the DNA World and the Chance Events That Accompanied It
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Evolution and Religious Creation Myths
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Paul F. Lurquin

Linda Stone (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315387.003.0006

First life-forms appeared at least as early as 3.5 billion years ago in the form of prokaryotes. Some of these species developed oxygenic photosynthesis, which resulted in the presence of oxygen gas in the atmosphere. Later, eukaryotes appeared and diversified through mutation and gene duplication (including mutation and duplication of master genes), which led to the rewiring of entire gene networks. The chapter shows that there is no fundamental difference between macroevolution and microevolution. It shows that making artificial life in the lab as well as transgenic life-forms would be impossible if the Intelligent Design scenario were correct. Indeed, ID posits that living systems were holistically designed and thus cannot be constructed in a piecemeal fashion.

Keywords:   eukaryotes, gene duplication, gene networks, macroevolution, master genes, microevolution, photosynthesis, prokaryotes, transgenic

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