"A lone molecular biologist challenges evolutionary theory."
"For the past 14 years, Periannan Senapathy has been digging into the molecular origins of life on earth. And what he says he's found is that things didn't happen the
way Charles Darwin said they did." [Full article text]
Contains significant excerpts from chapters 1, 5, and 12 of Independent Birth of Organisms.
"Does having complex genes full of apparently worthless scrapes of DNA make us evolution's top dogs, or less sophisticated than bacteria?"
"The book of the month is Independent Birth Of Organisms by Periannan
Senapathy (Genome International, 1994). Fair warning: this book is heavy
reading, being nothing less than a new theory of evolution; or, rather, a
critique of why current theories based on Darwin can't be correct. If
nothing else, this is a readable (with difficulty) introduction to modern
molecular biology. I found it fascinating, but then I like complicated
scientific detective stories."
"We have a fascinating topic for you this morning, if not a little complicated, so get ready to challenge your mind."
Time: "For billions of years, life on earth was dominated by plankton, bacteria and algae. Then, in a burst of creativity like nothing before or since, nature sketched the designs for virtually the entire animal kingdom. What could have powered biology's "Big Bang"? [Full story text]
Senapathy: "No one can explain the
scenario of the Cambrian explosion in molecular or genetic terms using
the theme of descent with modification. I offer a more plausible scientific explanation of the same empirical findings of the Cambrian explosion."
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"One of the most fundamental scientific questions of our age is the origin of life. Our once cherished assumptions don't cover all of the findings."
Fleming: "Molecular biologist Periannan Senapathy thinks Darwinian theory fails to explain the creation of new species. He says the fossil record is so full of holes that the idea of missing links to evolutionary ancestors is science fiction. In fact, he argues that one species can never evolve into a new, entirely different species."
Senapathy: "Whatever Darwin observed is true, and whatever modern biologists and molecular biologists are observing is still true, but they are only observing population level changes -- changes of a distinct organism into its own varieties. Evolutionists only look at some pieces of the whole puzzle and are convinced that their theory is correct, but, if they look at the whole scenario, they cannot explain it. The presence of unique genes cannot be explained by the theory of evolution. ... I can show that multitudes of [split genes] could easily occur in only a small amount of DNA material, actually just about 100 pounds that could fit in a small primordial pond."
"Madison is particularly rich with scientists of all stripes who are studying how evolution works. ... Off campus, a renegade molecular biologist named Periannan Senapathy -- one of those rare scientists who doesn't believe Darwin -- has come up with a completely new idea about the origin and evolution of life. ... The theory, he said, solves one of the greatest biological mysteries -- that is, the sudden and unexplained appearance of cells with an organized nucleus."