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    Phlogiston theory is mentioned in science class as is the Catholic Church's opposition to Galileo - but in a historic context.  Creationism is really a political issue.  Darwin may have (I don't know) run into scientific opposition to his theory of evolution; that's history of science.  His theory ran into religious opposition with the Scopes Monkey trial and has religious/political opposition now - that has nothing to do with the progress of evolutionary biology - which now takes place within the field of genetics.

    Scientists think that the mouse genome will be even important than the human genome to medicine and human welfare. That seems bizarre: why is that? The reason is that, because of the relatively 'recent' divergence of the mouse and human lineages from our common ancestor (about 75 million years ago), an astonishing 99% of mouse genes turn out to have analogues in humans.

    Not only that, but great tracts of code are syntenic - that means the genes appear in the same order in the two genomes.

    Creation science or whatever its advocates call it is not science - it doesn't follow the method of using experiment to test theory.  When I isolated DNA in high school biology class there was no mention of creationism or god.  My lab partner and I were amazed that we did it.  Read the Voyage of the Beagle - Darwin could be a scientist and at the same time marvel at the wonders of creation. I'm sure he didn't confuse his science with his wonder.  I'd leave it up to teachers to decide whether to introduce the creationism issue, remembering that scientific rigor doesn't countenance non-scientific ideas.      

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