(ORDO NEWS) — On January 12, 2022, Phys.Org published an article on “non-random” mutations found in wild tobacco plants, published by a team from the University of California, Davis.
Now, three weeks later (February 1, 2022), another article has appeared on human populations in Africa, which, according to a team from the University of Haifa, “surprisingly” finds “non-random” mutations.
From the first study report:
Scientists have found that how DNA is wrapped around different types of proteins is a good predictor of whether a gene will mutate or not.
“This means we can predict which genes are more likely to mutate than others, and it gives us a good idea of what’s going on,” Weigel said.
“These results add an unexpected twist to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, as they show that the plant has evolved to protect its genes from mutation in order to ensure survival.”
And from the report of the second study:
“For more than a century, the leading theory of evolution has been based on random mutations. The results obtained show that the HbS mutation does not occur randomly, but rather, preferentially occurs in the gene and in the population, where it has an adaptive value,” said Professor Livnat.
“Unlike other evidence of mutation occurrence, this specific mutation response to specific environmental pressures cannot be explained by conventional theories.”
“Mutations may not occur randomly in the course of evolution, but not in the way previously thought. We must study the internal information and how it affects mutations, as this opens the door to the fact that evolution is a much larger process than previously thought” – concluded Livnat.
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