Hello everyone - I am trying to put a brief summary of how ERVs in great apes support common descent to a skeptic that has some medical knowledge.
- Is the summary below a good start?
- Can anyone else point me to an article, YouTube video or other concise way of presenting this to a skeptic who is trained in medicine?
- This is the only article I have found but the skeptic is still questions if RV insertion loci are actually random.
- It is highly unlikely (approximately 1 in 50,000,000) that an RV insertion will occur at a given loci in the human genome.
- RV converting into ERV is rare but does occur.
- Some ERVs will eventually propagate to an entire species over a long period of time.
- Points 1-3 are observable and repeatable, highly peer reviewed and well established with numerous experiments on bacteria, and other species over decades of time. These items are well established and not controversial for scientists in genetic research
- We observer not less than 16 of the same ERVs inserted into the genome at the same loci for humans, chimpanzees and other primates.
Given 1-5 -> ERVs evidence provides strong support of common descent.