I’ve been asked to publicize another creationist quote mine. Gene Myers, a former vice president at Celera who was one of the leaders in sequencing the human genome, has been quote by Tom Abate in the San Francisco Chronicle as saying, “What really astounds me is the architecture of life…The system is extremely complex. It’s like it was designed… There’s a huge intelligence there.” This quote is one of the stock items used by Muslim and Christian creationists everywhere.
He was interviewed by TonkaFocus, and asked flatly whether he was an Intelligent Design creationism supporter. His answer:
I am not. I am being taken out of context and upset about this. Abate [SF Chronicle reporter] interviewed me shortly after we had completed the genome and for a moment I waxed poetic about the complexity of what was there and the elegance of the ‘design’. Evolution is very real – it is directly observable in the time frames of mutating bacteria, e.g. the acquisition of antibiotic resistance.
Case closed on that one. Not that any creationists will care.