The work of our wise common Designer is evident even between our genes. Every time a baby is conceived, his or her genetic blueprint is put to work orchestrating construction of his or her human body. Yet geneticists have found that primate animals share many of the twenty to thirty thousand protein-coding genes in the human genome. From almost the same genetic building blocks, very different results are achieved! But is that the result of evolution, or God's design?
Believing these shared genes are the result of shared evolutionary ancestry, Adam Siepel and his team of computational biologists at Cornell University report they can analyze how natural selection reworked the genome of the ancestral ape-like animal that humans and chimps supposedly shared 4–6 million years ago to produce us.
Blocks and Switches
Genes that code for the construction of the proteins in an organism are like little LEGO® blocks. And each kind of living thing inherits a similar set from which to build itself. "Remarkably we use nearly the same building blocks as chimpanzees, but we end up with very different results," computer scientist Brad Gulko explains.2 This makes sense, for biochemically speaking all living things have pretty much the same basic needs and share the same planet with essentially the same resources.