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Do you mean that human genetic make up is MESSED UP compared to Chimps and Gorillas?  Are there studies on this?
The human gene pool is apparently less diverse, which is a disadvantage, though we have a more diverse microbiome, which is an advantage. Unfortunately, Americans have thrown away much of that advantage by developing the least diverse microbiome in the world (which is what Jeff Leach's research has shown).
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PP is right, junk DNA is increasingly seen as being more useful than people thought. As for Gould, he was a very dangerous pseudo-scientist, really  only a Marxist philosopher at best. Fortunately,  advances in evolutionary biology managed to debunk the  utter drivel he spouted, over the years. Fortunately, he died a while back - like Max Planck one stated:-" Science advances one funeral at a time".
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Engineered, eh? Like I said, I think the gods are crazy, so I don't think they properly engineered anything. I think they tried to make something in a half-assed manner, screwed it up, said "Oh, what the hell," and then had a party and got drunk.  :P


Do you mean that human genetic make up is MESSED UP compared to Chimps and Gorillas?  Are there studies on this?

Comparing the human and chimpanzee genomes: Searching for needles in a haystack
http://genome.cshlp.org/content/15/12/1746.full

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Engineered, eh? Like I said, I think the gods are crazy, so I don't think they properly engineered anything. I think they tried to make something in a half-assed manner, screwed it up, said "Oh, what the hell," and then had a party and got drunk.  :P

The gods did make the other animals, it's true, but for some reason, the other animals aren't as arrogant and mixed up as we humans are.
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Heh, heh, when it comes to the gods, GS, I take most seriously those who say there are many and that they are crazy. I distrust those who say there is only one, omnipotent (male) god who I must enslave myself to, and carry a book around. I don't trust book-carrying people, sorry.  :P When I see someone carrying a book, I run the other way.  ;D

"Junk DNA" probably means "I haven't figured this stuff out yet, so I'll dismiss its importance and claim that everyone is basically the same, because that will ensure my tenure."  ;D

Let me rephrase my query so we can have something substantial:

The "we were engineered to be human" camp says the existence of various races shows humans were engineered.  They say the existence of "lots" of junk dna shows we were engineered.  Also the RH negative issue shows we were engineered.

So since you are the genetic geek, you might want to take a look at those 3 issues in the genetic analysis: races / sub species, junk dna, rh negative

Do other mammals have this issue of junk dna and rh negative?
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Heh, heh, when it comes to the gods, GS, I take most seriously those who say there are many and that they are crazy. I distrust those who say there is only one, omnipotent (male) god who I must enslave myself to, and carry a book around. I don't trust book-carrying people, sorry.  :P When I see someone carrying a book, I run the other way.  ;D

"Junk DNA" probably means "I haven't figured this stuff out yet, so I'll dismiss its importance and claim that everyone is basically the same, because that will ensure my tenure."  ;D

BTW, when my grandfather came to this country (USA), his "race" was listed as "Irish," and his color "white." So when the census dude came around to me and asked for my race, I told him "Irish." He didn't like that answer (despite the fact that he's supposed to accept whatever the respondent tells him), and asked again, so I responded along the lines of "My grandfather's race was listed as 'Irish,' and if it was good enough for my grandfather, then it's good enough for me." He grudgingly accepted that. LOL

Race used to mean something more along the lines of ethnicity/nationality/tribe. Lately it has come to basically mean skin color, which is ridiculous and will some day be seen as such.
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The "we were engineered by god / gods / aliens" camp says the existence of various races shows humans were engineered.  They say the existence of "lots" of junk dna shows this to be true.  Also the RH negative issue.

So since you are the genetic geek, you might want to take a look at those 3 issues in the genetic analysis: races / sub species, junk dna, rh negative

Do other mammals have this issue of junk dna and rh negative?
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Yeah, Everheart, I know, but Gould took things so far in the other direction, and so in line with leftwing ideology, it was ridiculous. Gould's art work still has lots of folks hoodwinked. I grant that he had excellent writing skills and a flair for the soundbite (the phrase "hen's teeth and horse's toes" is pure artistry, assuming he came up with that). He is useful in one way--if you see someone throw his name around like it's supposed to be proof of something, then you know that person doesn't know nearly as much as they pretend. I prefer the likes of Theodosius Dobzhansky (who, ironically, Creationists led me to), Peter Frost, and John Hawkes. Granted, I'm an ignorant amateur, so take it with a grain of salt.  :P

Yes, GS, I have heard of "junk DNA," but it's been quite a while, so do fill me in on it, please.
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I read that chimps actually have way more genetic diversity than H. sapiens sapiens. However, Jeff Leach said that the human microbiome is one of the most diverse populations on earth, which gave us quite an advantage over other species. Thanks little guys!  ;D

Are you familiar with what some call Junk DNA?
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Those who came out saying that there was no difference between the so-called races were claiming that in the context of widely-held beliefs in scientific racism. Gould was at the tail end of a long period of scientific racism. It was nobody's intention to imply that there is no genetic difference among H. sapiens. True, there was (and still is) this type of racism om society, but the foregone assumption of white superiority is not the conclusion of modern genetics.
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