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Genes with major effects on development are conserved across phyla (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Genes with major effects on development are conserved across phyla (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CB710:

Evolution predicts that different kinds of organisms should have different genetic programs, but the genes responsible for major effects early in development are very similar across diverse phyla. For example, the gene distal-less gives rise to limbs in several different phyla, but the limbs themselves are not structurally or evolutionarily homologous.

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CreationWiki response:

In their wording of this claim Talk Origins is misrepresenting what Wells was saying. From page 73-76, Wells was showing that homologous features do not necessarily come from homologous genes, while non-homologous features are known to come from homologous genes. This fact goes against the Evolutionary theory of common descent.

Note Wells actually starts on page 73 but Talk Origins reference starts at page 74, it sound like they were hoping the reader would not read page 73.