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A Bug Entombed in Amber Still had Typical DNA

Beetle in Amber: Photo 110573102 © Björn Wylezich | Dreamstime.com

[Originally published as Weevil DNA. Photo shows an unspecified beetle in Baltic Amber]

Scientists extract DNA from allegedly 130-million year old weevil

Nearly 30 years ago, the journal Nature reported that DNA has been successfully isolated from an allegedly 130-million year old weevil found in amber from Lebanon. The insect fossil yielded DNA of sufficient quality that it could be amplified by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and subsequently sequenced, including segments of specific identifiable genetic material including 18S rRNA and the internal transcribed spacer along with their corresponding nucleotide sequences of hundreds of base pairs!

These sequences were compared with genetic material from living fruitflies, mosquitos, and weevils leading to the conclusion that the DNA extracted did indeed come from the fossilized weevil.

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This paper claimed that this discovery represents the oldest fossil DNA ever extracted and sequenced, absurdly claiming that they’ve extended by 80 million years the known duration of DNA. Rather, the existence of such endogenous DNA indicates that the fossil is not millions of years old, a possibility that a working scientist dare not consider aloud, regardless of the evidence, at the risk of losing his career.

Written by Bob Enyart

Bob Enyart co-hosts Real Science Radio with Fred Williams talking about science to debunk evolution and to show the evidence for the creator God including from biology, geology, astronomy, and physics. But RSR doesn't only talk the talk. We make our own discoveries, inventions, and breakthrough reports! And we get to debate atheists and Darwinists as well as spar with anti-creationists. Most fun of all, we get to interview the outstanding scientists who dare to challenge today's accepted creed that nothing created everything.

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