Creation vs Evolution: Expression of a newly found gene

New-found gene separates man from apes

Excerpt: “This new molecule sprang from nowhere at a time when our species was undergoing dramatic changes: living longer, walking upright, learning how to use tools and how to communicate. We’re now hopeful that we will find more new genes that help show what makes us human.”

New Gene Discovered That Explains How Humans Evolved From Apes

Excerpt: “…researchers claim this gene came out of junk DNA, and fully functional too.”

My comment: The finely tuned micro-RNA / messenger RNA balance that controls intracellular signaling and intermolecular changes in DNA suggests that de novo expression of miR-941 is nutrient chemical-dependent (e.g., glucose-dependent) and controlled by the metabolism of glucose and other nutrient chemicals to species-specific pheromones.

In my model, it is the epigenetic effects of nutrient chemicals and pheromones that enable adaptive evolution via ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction exemplified in the honeybee model organism. (What the queen eats determines her pheromone production and everything else about interactions in the colony — including the neuroanatomy of the worker bee brain.) That level of cause and effect clarity increases with the results reported in this article, but the clarity is decreased by comments indicating that  “This new molecule sprang from nowhere…”

Does anyone think that what’s reported here exemplifies an effect of a random mutation on ‘junk DNA’? I think it clarifies the fact that “Olfaction and odor receptors provide a clear evolutionary trail that can be followed from unicellular organisms to insects to humans.” –as detailed in Kohl (2012).

Other reports of this finding on Creation vs Evolution: New Brain Gene Born, Study Shows; What made us human: ‘unique’ evolution gene found

Linked Excerpts: “It seems like miR-941 came around after humans evolved from apes and at just the right moment to give humans a real edge over other mammals…”; “It remains to be seen precisely what effects this gene has in terms of growth in size of the brain, and neuronal organization relevant to the emergence of higher human cognition among our ancestor species several million years ago.”; “The team worked with scientists in China and Germany.”

About James V. Kohl 1307 Articles
James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society