What is the genetic evidence for evolution?

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In a Nutshell

Darwin developed his theory of evolution by looking at scientific evidence available in the mid-1800s.  Since then, the whole field of genetics has developed, adding a powerful independent line of evidence in support of evolution.  Genes show how the physical traits of living things are handed down and modified from one generation to the next.  By comparing the DNA of many organisms, scientists can map the relationships between species.  This map is in remarkable agreement with Darwin’s predictions.  The structure of chromosomes and particular genetic sequences point to the conclusion not just of common design, but common descent as well.

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Further Reading

More from BioLogos

  • Applegate, Katherine. “Adaptive Immunity: How Randomness Comes to the Rescue” BioLogos Forum May 13, 2010 (blog)
  • Collins, Francis. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. New York: Free Press, 2006. (book info)
  • Falk, Darrel. Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004. (book info)
  • Luoma, Kelsey. “Where is the Genetic Evidence for Evolution?” BioLogos Forum January 19, 2012 (video)
  • Matheson, Stephen. “New Limbs from Old Fins” BioLogos Forum, September-October 2011 (blog series). Parts 4 and 5 discuss gene expression
  • Venema, Dennis. “Understanding Evolution: Is there “junk” in your genome?” BioLogos Forum December 2011-February 2012 (blog series)
  • Venema, Dennis and Darrel Falk. “Signature in the Synteny” BioLogos Forum, April 19, 2010 (blog)
  • Venema, Dennis and Darrel Falk. “Signature in the Pseudogenes” BioLogos Forum, May 2010 (blog series)

Recommended External Resources

  • Alexander, Denis. Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? Kregel Publications, 2009. (book info)
  • Gray, Terry M. “Biochemistry and Evolution” in Perspectives on an Evolving Creation. Keith B. Miller, ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003. (book info)