posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 03:50 PM
Originally posted by evo1981
1) How do we know we have the original gene that split to cause the evolution in Mammals,
Thats not what they are saying. They are saying that there was a gene, it was passed into many lineages. It collected errors, aka mutations,
different ones in each lineage. This continued to the point that the mutated gene in different lineages had different functions, ie, became a
They then took their understanding of how genes mutate, looked at the two current genes, and extrapolated backwards to what that original gene
would've looked like, givne their current understanding of how genes behave.
2) Does this benefit us in anyway "great we have the original gene, what do we do with it" does it cure and prevent life threatening
illnesses or does it just satisfy the scientist curiosity!
It allows us to understand genes.
3) What does it prove?
It could be argued that our understanding of how genes operate through lineages is generally accurate, given that the gene seems to be functional.
This is genuine though I don't have a clue as too why they would do this! and what we achieve by doing so!
Why do you think it was done in order to acheive something? The researchers had an idea, wanted to try it out, and if it got funding, it was because
it looks like its solid basic research. The bulk of research has no sudden practicale import.
we all speculate and if we do enough im sure we will accumulate the answers....in time.
I beleive that you have just answered you question, as to why the researchers did this.
if they can go back why can't they go forward?
Genetic engineering already exists.