With all the press Harun Yahya has been getting recently with their 'Atlas of Creation', I thought now would be an appropriate time to write a post on Islamic Creationists view of endogenous retroviruses.
Tried "endogenous retrovirus", "ERV", "retroelement", "transposon", "mobile element", "LINE", "SINE", "Alu"... BINGO!
In fact, one of the best-known pseudogene groups, Alu, had always been regarded as functionless and was only recently proved to serve a purpose after all.**YAWN!** So Alus arent ERVs, but the same logic applies. One, Alus are associated with disease, not just 'good' magic deity things, and two, Harunalakkahikki hasnt addressed the principle of Alus and evolution.
Alu sequences in primates form a fossil record that is relatively easy to decipher because Alu sequence insertion events have a characteristic signature that is both easy to read and faithfully recorded in the genome from generation to generation. The study of Alu sequences thus reveals details of ancestry because individuals will only share a particular Alu sequence insertion if they have a common sexual ancestor.
Hmmm. This is pretty anti-climactic. Ah well, you can head over to Taner Edis's page to learn more about Islamic Creationism!