Why Gene Duplication is NOT a Viable Blind Watchmaker Mechanism
Evolutionists love to call on gene duplications to explain genetic similarities between different genes and to also explain how new genes arise. They say the new genes are duplicated genes tat have accumulated mutations that changed them. But is this viable? I say that it is NOT viable for blind and mindless processes, ie the posited mechanisms of evolutionism. It isn't viable for several reasons:
1- The duplicated gene needs a new binding site. And despite Art Hunt's protestation binding sites do not get duplicated along with the gene- see Lenski's long term evolutionary experiment.
2- The duplicated gene needs to be in the correct position on the spool or it will never be seen to be expressed even if it had a binding site.
3- Waiting for two mutations makes it very clear that creating a new binding site from scratch will be very time consuming
4- To change the gene requires specific mutations which in turn are very time consuming- see step 3's paper
So when you see/ hear evolutionists claim gene duplications you know they are desperate and ignorant of what that entails.