Friday, March 25, 2005

Plants Challenge Genetic Inheritance Laws

One of the things that has always troubled me about Darwinism (as a scientific model) is its epidemiological difficulties. The Darwinist model of evolution rests on the notion of undirected, random mutation and natural selection. It also requires that there be enough of the mutation (number or dominance) within the population of a given generation so that the selective advantage provided by the mutation is passed on to the next. Eventually, the number of members of the species having the mutation surpasses the "tipping point" to allow the mutation to be sustained in the local population. The results of this study suggest that in plants, even if two parents share a mutation, their offspring may revert to the traits of a previous generation. If true for higher order organsisms, and this is by no means certain, this would make Darwin's mechanism of evolution even less plausible.

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