Beneficial Mutations: Stop Those Growth Hormones!

How would you like to have a mutation that makes you way less likely to get cancer or diabetes, allowing you to live longer than most of your relatives? There is one like this that scientists have discovered. It’s called Laron Syndrome.


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You have to accept never growing tall enough to ride loop-the-loop roller coasters and always needing a booster seat in the car. Why? Because people with Laron’s top out at less than 4 ft [122cm] tall.

(Read more about this in National Geographic’s article New Clues to a Long Life)

You’re not likely to be extra smart and can easily get hypoglycemic. It’s also going to be hard to keep your tiny figure trim and you won’t feel like exercising much. Your bones aren’t going to be very healthy either, but, hey, you’ll probably live a long time anyway!

closed gate

closed gate (Photo credit: airefresco)

Here’s what’s going on: Laron’s is caused by a mutation, you know, the things Evolutionists say help change a fish into a lizard. This one breaks one of the gates into your cells which lets growth hormones in (there is another form of this syndrome where the cells just can’t use the hormone properly).

Even grown ups need these hormones to keep their bones healthy and use the energy from food properly. People with Laron’s make a normal amount of growth hormone, but it doesn’t do them any good because the mutation stops it from getting where it’s supposed to go.

Now, here’s the big question: Is someone with this mutation, even if they live a long time, closer to a super evolved human?

Children at play

Children at play (Photo credit: cwarnercarey)

It’s a good thing God doesn’t wait until we’re perfect before He loves us. In the beginning, our DNA was perfect and allowed us to live for hundreds of years. But, this far from Adam’s disobedience we all carry a bunch of mutations. Some of them can be useful, or even pretty (like blue eyes), but none has ever been found to turn us into a higher organism.

Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT

We’re only about 200 generations out from Adam. Just imagine how many mutations our descendants would collect by 1,000. But, God would still lavish His unfailing love on them!

Evolutionary Tree of Life Poster

Can Mutations Make New Things?


Let’s start with why this concept is so important:

Evolutionary Diagram

Evolutionary Diagram (Photo credit: thekirbster)

Evolutionists have only a few available tools to explain how things could change from tiny blobs to specialized “higher” organisms. Here’s their list:

  • Mutation
  • Migration (gene flow)
  • Genetic drift
  • Natural selection

Migration is the process of populations use to share different genes. Bacteria can do this directly. People do this when dad is from a different group than mom; their children usually become a blend of features.

But migration doesn’t produce anything new. It just describes spreading existing genetics around evenly.

Genetic drift is rather sad. It says some perfectly healthy organisms never get to be parents. Their genetics are lost just because of some sort of accident.

Still no new information.

Natural selection is a way of saying only organisms with healthy enough bodies can have children. If something goes wrong too badly, they will be eaten or get too sick to ever become parents.

Yup, still no new information.

This only leaves mutations to carry the whole load of creating a new organism unlike anything before it (if Evolution were true). Let’s see if they can handle the pressure.

A mutation is a mistake in a creature’s DNA. DNA uses a code of just 4 letters to program everything the cells in every body need to grow and function. It seems too simple to work properly, but computers use a code of just 2 letters- 0 and 1 to do everything, so 4 gives DNA plenty of options to work with.

copy machine

copy machine (Photo credit: Yuba College Public Space)

The human DNA set (genome) has around 3 billion “base pairs” or letters in it. That’s a huge amount of data for a cell to use and this is where mutations get their chance. Every cell has to copy all those letters when it divides. If something doesn’t get copied exactly right, it is a mutation.

DNA works like a written language, but with very different grammar. Every DNA “word” is exactly 3 base pairs long, so it doesn’t need spaces to tell you when the word ends. It also uses special codes to tell when the end of a “sentence” happens, but for mutations, the words are the most important to understand.

There are several different kinds of mutations:

  • Switching one letter for another
  • Deleting a letter
  • Sticking in an extra letter
  • Duplicating letters

To see how these mutations would work in English, check out this fun page at Genetic Health: Mutations in DNA.

Deleting and adding a single letter can mess up a whole area of DNA if it doesn’t happen right at the end of a section. Unless you lose exactly 3 letters, everything from the mutation on changes completely. Muscular dystrophy can be caused by a “frameshift” mutation like this.  Many of the problems a developing baby can have are caused by these kinds of mutations.

a hospital room (Denmark, 2005)

Some of the best known mutations are caused by a single letter switch. Sickle cell anemia with horrible problems including pain, a weak immune system and other serious problems is caused by one of these “single point mutations” where a letter is traded out for a different one.

Other mutations are caused by a small set of added letters. Huntington’s disease (a serious brain disorder) is caused by extra copies of a single 3 letter word. Tay-Sachs disease causes death within a few years of birth by not having a working cell cleaning enzyme. The enzyme can be messed up by a number of mutations, some removing letters or sections and others adding a few base pairs. You can learn a lot about how the enzyme is supposed to work HERE.

All of these problems are enough to make you cry, but this is what mutations do in the real world. When I looked around for examples of “beneficial mutations” or, mutations which do good things, I found Sickle Cell Anemia as one of the best cases. There’s one other which can protect you from getting AIDS by breaking a cell entry point, but it also leaves you with a high chance of developing a serious liver disease.

These were the only two human mutations (out of more than 100,000 known) I’ve run into which are supposed to be good for us. Other examples show how creatures can lose switches to turn processes on or off.  These changes can help them survive things like antibiotics or pesticides. But they are not going to help them turn into anything new or even survive better in ordinary situations.

Scientists have never once seen a mutation create something new. If they had, you would hear about it all the time and run into it in every Evolution textbook. But, nature serves its true master, the Creator God!

But ask the animals, and they will teach you.
    Or ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you.
    Or let the fish in the sea tell you their wisdom.
Everyone knows
    that the Lord made these things. Job 12:7-9 Easy-to-read Version

High School Genetics Textbook

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the coding region in a segment of eukaryotic DNA.

I’m researching Evolution for my book, which is a lot harder than the rest has been. Life and the rules for why creatures look and behave the way they do is mind-bogglingly complicated! Added to that, explanation about how life started and developed is at the core of the battle for our minds and hearts.

In the past I’ve wrestled with issues like, “are we all just a bunch of mutants, or did God design variation into our DNA?” But it’s been hard to find solid answers.

Today I ran into a paper from the Journal of Creation which is powerful and answers a lot of my questions. It’s quite long and fairly complicated, but not so eye-crossing as to be worthless to a non-scientist.

I’m posting the link here and will add this article to my For Teens page because if you really get what Dr. Robert W. Carter is saying, you will understand how biologists can accept God as Creator! You will also have a better grasp of genetics than the vast majority of people.

Can mutations create new information?

English: FRIENDS

I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well. My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, yet being unperfect; and in your book all my members were written, which in their day were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are your thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! Psalm 139:14-17