Science and Technology
How Close Did You Say?
Over the years one of the most common statements from evolutionists
is that humans and chimpanzees have 98.5% genetic similarity,
supposedly evidence of our common ancestry. As with so many
evolutionist statements, they speak ahead of the evidence. The 98.5%
figure is based on an early and primitive method of measuring DNA
similarities. In a report published in New Scientist, April 11,
2002 is a report on a more precise method of measuring DNA that shows
that we share at most only a 95% similarity with chimpanzees. Now
before that number impresses you, further studies may reduce that
number even more, but even if the number is accurate, it misses the
point. What counts are not the similarities, but the differences.
Humans are 67% genetically similar to corn and even share a 50%
similarity to bananas. The differences between humans and chimps amount
to approximately 120 million base pairs. The base pairs of DNA are the
information carrying components. The researchers found that there are
at least 120 million bits of information that separate humans and
chimpanzees. Evolutionists claim that these 120 million base pair
differences came about due to mutations. Not only is there no known
mechanism that could bring about that many mutations, but mutations
cannot increase the information content of an organism, something that would be essential if humans and chimps had a common ancestor.
DNA research is one area of science revealing some of the most compelling evidence of the reality of an intelligent designer. DNA is a massive library of biological information, information that could only have come from a mind greater than the DNA, the mind of the Creator, God.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written Psalm 139:16a