Sorry, folks! I should have added this as a short note on the end-- I knew a lot of what I wrote would be gobbledy-gook to sane persons, but I wanted to put enough detail in to close off any of Behes escape routes. Thank you to the commenters that suggested this!
Behe says over and over and over and OVER in 'Edge of Evolution' that HIV:
- Has no new genes (specifically says something about no new genes through duplication).
- Has no new protein-protein interactions.
The problem is, HIV-1 and HIV-2 both have new genes. HIV-1 has a gene called Vpu, and HIV-2 has one called Vpx. Vpx is the result of a gene duplication-- a second Vpr.
Vpu has evolved a multitude of 'new' protein-protein interactions. Its even done something particularly cool-- turned itself into an ion channel! Thats kinda weird for a virus.
HIV-1 and HIV-2 have done these things in modern times. Its not magic. Its science.
Ill be home tomorrow! More posts then!