Fuzale Rana is a biochemist with Reasons to Believe. This video is an excellent example of the outstanding work which this organization has been doing for over 30 years now.
Dr. Rana opens by describing the recent discovery that the duckbill platypus may hold the key to the treatment of type-2 diabetes in humans. The male platypus has a venom in its hind feet which contains a hormone that causes its attackers’ blood sugar to crash, causing the attacker to become lethargic. The hormone is similar to one in humans which also regulates blood sugar, but which is not as long-lasting. By studying the hormone, scientists may be able to devise a treatment for type-2 diabetes, which is characterized by dangerously high levels of blood sugar.
Evolutionists insist that similar structures in various species must be interpreted within an evolutionary framework as evidence of common ancestry. Indeed, they cite such similarities (which they call “homologies”) as the most compelling evidence for evolution. Rana explains how such similarities make more sense within a design framework.
Why would a creator employ common designs?
Homologies make the biological realm intelligible. If the body structure of every species were fundamentally different, studying one species would offer us no insight as to the functioning of any other species. Biology as a discipline would be nearly impossible. The similarity of life-forms enables us to comprehend life generally. This, in turn, enables us not only to devise treatments for human illness by studying other species, but also to fulfill the divine command to be stewards and caretakers of the planet.
There is more! Budget 40 minutes for Dr. Rana’s remarks, but don’t miss the Q and A. Enjoy!