The English Bulldog Can Show Us A Lot About Genetics
September 3, 2016
Here we have a great article that gives a real world example of genetic diversity. It shows why genetic diversity is important and how it can produce many different traits and characteristics. It confirms the view of creation.
First is the topic of genetic diversity. You can think of genetic diversity as the depth of the genetic information within an organism - the English Bulldog Breed in this case. Put another way, it is all the possible traits and characteristics that are possible to be expressed based on the available genetic information. This article states, "According to new research it could be difficult to improve the health of the English bulldog, one of the world's unhealthiest dog breeds, from within its existing gene pool". It goes on to state, "The English bulldog's limited genetic diversity could minimize the ability of breeders to recreate healthy phenotypes from the existing genetic stock". Further the article states, "Many large regions of the bulldog's genome have been altered to attain the extreme changes in its outward appearance. This includes significant loss of genetic diversity in the region of the genome that contains many of the genes that regulate normal immune responses".
What this demonstrates is that through man-made artificial natural selection, breeders have been able to select the traits and characteristics they want and get rid of the traits and characteristics that they don't want. The wrinkles in the bulldog are an example of a characteristic that people want in this breed so the breeders have, in effect, erased any genetic information that would not produce wrinkles. This is what reduces genetic diversity. Said another way, genetic diversity is lost because of the removal of genetic information from within the genome of the English Bulldog. In this example, the genetic information that would produce smooth skin as opposed to wrinkled skin. Because so much genetic information has been removed, the English Bulldog is experiencing mutational meltdown. Meaning, the genetic information in their genome has become so limited and corrupt that the ability for the breed to survive is decreasing.
Second is the topic of traits. The English Bulldog originated from a breed of dog that had much more genetic diversity. This is demonstrated by looking at the English Bulldogs of the 1800s and those of today. They look much different. This demonstrates that the original breed had the genetic information to not only look like itself, but also the genetic information to one day create the traits of today's English Bulldog. This is exactly the same as Adam and Eve. They had great genetic diversity and this played a huge role in producing all the variations in humans, from the traits of the various races we see today, to those races that have died out to include the Neanderthal.
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