from creationists about the case for common descent
from endogenous retroviruses (ERVs).
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1. What is the "case for common descent" from ERVs?
2. Why do virologists and geneticists think that ERVs come from retroviruses? Isn't that just supposition on their part?
3. Isn't this just circular reasoning, assuming evolution to "prove" evolution?
4. How many ERVs are shared, in common locations, in the genomes of humans and chimps?
5. Don't retroviruses target particular locations in the DNA? Doesn't this explain corresponding ERVs?
6. ERVs do stuff. Doesn't that prove that they didn't originate from retroviruses, but were designed?
7. ERVs promote the transcription of host DNA. Doesn't this prove they are designed?
8. ERVs are essential in reproduction (syncytin and the formation of the placenta). How can this be?
9. Aren't the same ERV genetics in the same places in different species because they have to do the same job?
10. But how can you rule out design as an explanation?
11. How could a species survive a massive invasion of retroviruses into it's genome?
12. How could ERVs survive programmed cell death (apoptosis)?
13. The same retrovirus or ERV has been found in two species that evolutionists say are very distantly related. How is this possible?
14. What if we find an ERV in a common location in chimpanzees and gorillas, but not in humans?
15. David DeWitt at AiG says ERVs do not line up with the expected evolutionary progression. What gives?
16. What's all this about the Phoenix Virus? Sounds like a Michael Crichton science fiction story!
17. Hasn't the evolutionist's story about ERVs been debunked by scientists such as Dr. Yingguang Liu and Dr. Georgia Purdom?
18. Aren't you just a plagiarist? Why don't you attribute your sources? And who are you anyway?
19. Other articles on ERVs.