Susumo Ohno (who coined the term “junkDNA”) published a paper in 1984 through the National Academy of Sciences that was used by the NCSE, Ken Miller and Dennis Venema to claim “proteins can evolve without God’s help”. At the request of John Sanford, a courtesy associate research professor at Cornell, I was recruited to write a paper to refute Ohno’s evolutionary hypothesis on nylonases. I wrote it under John’s guidance based on his intuitions about genetics, his life-long specialty of 40 years and for which he became famous as attested by the fact he is one of the few geneticists who had their work featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
The actual paper is now in review, but it is not intended to be published in any journal, but will be released in a variety of channels shortly. It is hoped the material can be used by others to actually create papers that enter peer review. The motivation for releasing the paper in this way is to counter Venema’s book while it is still hot off the press.
The paper is being also published in this way so as to invite discussion since it isn’t intended to be considered a completely vetted product but one that welcomes improvement. That said, the sentiment among IDists and creationists who’ve seen the drafts is that paper has utterly discredited Ohno’s claims and thus the claims of the NCSE, Ken Miller and Dennis Venema connected to Ohno’s hypothesis of nylonase evolution.
Because the draft paper is a massive VJTorley-sized paper (15 pages in the main section and almost 80 pages of supplemental material) I’m establishing this thread at TSZ to invite review of the some of the themes from the paper that I’m releasing on the nylonase.XYZ website piece by piece in a format adapted for a website.
As I release each webpage, I’ll post in the comment section at TSZ a link to the newly constructed page so as to invite commentary on that page. Thank you in advance to all those willing to participate in this public review of my research on nylonase evolution.
1. “proteins can evolve without God’s help” is a paraphrase of the title of an NCSE article New Proteins Without God’s Help. Thwaites at the NCSE basically framed the debate over nylonase evolution in this way:
We’ve been trying to explain all this to the protein “experts” at ICR for the last seven years. We have told them that new proteins could indeed form from the random ordering of amino acids. We have warned them that their calculations were based on faulty assumptions and soon someone would document the natural formation of a new protein from the random association of amino acids.
Now it has happened! Not one, but two, new proteins have been discovered. In all probability new proteins are forming by this process all the time, but this seems to be the first documentation of this phenomenon. The newly discovered proteins are enzymes that break down some of the byproducts produced during nylon manufacture. Since nylon first came into commercial production in 1940, we know that the new enzymes have formed since that time.
2. The nylonase.XYZ website is under construction, so don’t click around the website too much yet. In the comment section at TSZ I will link to individual pages of the website that can be reviewed individually.
3. The first comments by me at TSZ will be more technical, not for the beginners regarding Ohno’s work. The beginner and introductory stuff will be added later to the website.