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Genetic Information and McCann's Dual Factor Paradigm
for Development and Variation
Richard D. Lumsden, Ph.D., Paul C. Anders, B.S., Jeffrey
R. Pettera, B.S.
McCann (1991) has developed a model for embryogenesis and other aspects
of differentiation that subordinates developmental genetics to a quality
he defines as "cellular intelligence." We debate this paradigm
in light of currently understood genetic principles and functions, information
theory, and the Creationist concept of origins. We contend that "cellular
intelligence" is a non-entity, that cells are neither creative
nor "intelligent" entities, but are informed entities. The
dichotomy between intelligence and information is defined in terms of
organizational hierarchy and antecedents.
Since information is not spontaneously generated, the information guiding
development and differentiation is hereditary, being archetypical in
origin and genomic in location. The ultimate source of that genetic
information is Creative intelligence.
Cytodifferentiation is primarily a function of gene regulation and
information transduction, according to a variety of tangible constitutive
and inducible mechanisms and cellular components. The latter include
homeotic genes, gene promoter, repressor, and enhancer elements, receptors,
protein kinases, the cytoskeleton, and the dynamic three-dimensional
tertiary structure of DNA itself.
The limitations McCann would place on "gene action" respective
of phenotypic variation and development are untenable.
The Darwin Conversion Story: An Update
Robert C. Newman, Ph.D.
Since the discussions of Rusch (1975), Rusch and Klotz (1988) and Herbert
(1990), new information on the Darwin conversion story has come to light.
The earliest version of the story has been located in the Watchman-Examiner
and some further biographical information on a possible candidate for
Lady Hope is presented.
Varves --The First "Absolute" Chronology
Part 1--Historical Development and the Question of Annual
Michael J. Oard, M.S.
Varves have been used to set up the first "absolute" chronology,
which significantly exceeds the Scriptural time scale from Genesis.
Observations of modern glaciers and recent climate simulations show
that the ice sheets during the Ice Age melted rapidly, much faster than
indicated by varves. A further investigation of varves demonstrates
that other mechanisms deposit varve-like couplets in a short time. Therefore,
"varves" are not necessarily annual. A method to distinguish
between annual depositional sequences and other mechanisms is difficult
Magnificent Miracle: The Virgin Conception of Jesus Christ
Albert S. Anderson, M.D.
This study is an attempt to understand from a cytogenetic perspective
the physical aspects of the means God might have used to accomplish
the miracle of the virgin conception of Jesus Christ. It distinguishes
three separate but related factors pertinent to the physical aspects
of this miracle: (1) Man's fall and inheritance of original sin, (2)
The second-law-of-thermodynamics curse of death and (3) The precise
gametogenic definition of the seed of the woman. Although this study
postulates a physical component to our sin nature and its inheritance,
it does not propose, or even imply, that our sin nature is purely genetic
or merely physical. From these considerations, a possible cytogenetic
mechanism is described whereby the physical aspects of the virgin birth
of Jesus Christ could have contributed to His being both fully God and
fully man, sinless, yet able to die as the perfect Sacrifice to save
us from our sins.
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