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Natural genetic engineering
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Some organisms show evidence of making deliberate changes in their DNA, allowing those organisms to adapt to specific biological or chemical conditions. This process is known as "Natural Genetic Engineering," but it is no help to macro-evolution. It is largely a response to a specific situation to produce the appropriate proteins or enzymes and cannot grow new organs. The fact that a cell can actually analyze its environment, devise a response to it, and then store the results in its genes, shows the incredible complexity of life. This makes a naturalistic explanation for the origin of life even more ridiculous.
The term "Natural Genetic Engineering" came from Dr. James A. Shapiro, the evolutionist who first developed the concept, though two creationists are known to have independently proposed the same basic idea. Dr Shapiro sees it as alternative to both Creationism and Darwinism, but it is not really up to the task of microbe-to-man evolution, and it further complicates the problems associated with the philosophy of a naturalistic origin of life.
Natural Genetic Engineering is actually a help to creation since it helps explain the rapid post-Flood diversification of the descendents of the animals that survived the Flood. It shows that life is actually more complex than the previously thought. This is an ability that is to be expected in a creation model since the Creator would want his creations to survive and this is best done by making them adaptable within each basic form, to preserve those forms.
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