Friday, August 31, 2007

Where Did Sea Anemones Get Human Genes?

A recent paper by Putman et al. (2007) discusses the newly completed genome of the starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Kevin Z, a marine biology researcher, blogged about this paper last month [Cnidarian Double Whammy: Anemone Genome Completed and a Worm Thats a Jelly!].

The IDiots were also interested in the paper because it reveals that humans and sea anemones share some genes. Someone named "dacock" posted a message on Uncommon Descent revealing that Darwinism had been overturned (again) [Where Did Sea Anemones Get Human Genes?].

I was going to blog about the stupidity of the IDiots but I just don't have time. Anyway, Kevin Z beat me to it [Anemone's Raise a Tentacle in Support of Evolution]. I don't agree with everything he says about the sea anemone genome and why the Intelligent Design Creationists get it wrong but it will have to do for now. Kevin's responses to some of the IDiots who posted comments over on Uncommon Descent are well worth the visit to his blog.

[Photo Credit: The photograph of the starlet sea anemone and its description is from Summary of Professional Exchanges on Coral Genomics]

Putnam, H.M. et al. (2007) Sea Anemone Genome Reveals Ancestral Eumetazoan Gene Repertoire and Genomic Organization. Science 317: 86 - 94.

1 comment :

  1. If you find the time it'd still be helpful to see your thoughts, particularly in the respects in which you disagree with Kevin.