SWEDEN - DNA Separates Humans from Primates

Arno Froese

Stem cell researchers at Lund University in Sweden discovered that DNA shows differences in the brains of humans and nonhuman primates. Non-coding DNA was previously believed to have no practical function—even being deemed “junk DNA” in scientific circles—making the discovery of particular interest to researchers.

Researchers grew brain cells from humans and chimpanzees using stem cells and compared the two cell types, finding that they use the non-coded part of their DNA in different ways, which appears to play a considerable role in the development of human brains.

“The part of our DNA identified as different was unexpected,” declared Jakobsson. “It was a so-called structural variant of DNA that was previously called ‘junk DNA,’ a long repetitive DNA string which has long been deemed to have no function.”

“Previously, researchers have looked for answers in the part of the DNA where the protein-producing genes are—which only makes up about 2% of our entire DNA—and examined the proteins themselves to find examples of differences,” explained Jakobsson. “Our results indicate that what has been significant for the brain’s development is instead perhaps hidden in the overlooked 98%.”

“Instead of studying living humans and chimpanzees, we used stem cells grown in a lab,” Jakobsson said.

The new findings will potentially contribute to genetic research regarding psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, a disorder that appears to be unique to humans.

-www.jpost.com, 14 November 2021

Arno's Commentary

There is no end to research. It will continue at an even faster pace than ever before, by utilizing sophisticated computer systems and other tools unavailable just a few decades ago.

While we highly regard science as helpful to enhancing quality of life, we realize that behind it all stands the question of humanity: what is our origin? Evolution, now taught as science at all educational levels around the world, purports that life on earth originated with the so-called “Big Bang,” creating life out of nothing. 

Here is what the Bible says: “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:25). Note the words “after his kind…after their kind.”

Regarding mankind, we read, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26). Yes, mankind has dominion over the fish in the sea, the fowls in the air, and the cattle on the earth. All that was created in six days. “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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