The creationists who are replying here are missing the point. What Ben has listed are several aspects of molecular genetics which directly contradict any type of special creation or guided evolution, as we would understand it.
These all are things which directly contradict several points of “special” or “divine” or “young earth” creationism:
[ul][li]young earth creation – our only explanation for most of these findings is that things have been around for billions of years.[/li][li]divine creation – our only explanation for many of these findings is that all things are related. Hypotheses can be applied over unrelated fields of science, namely paleontology and molecular evolution.[/li][li]omniscient creator or a “guided process” – many of these things are remnants of evolutionary dead ends and are vestigial remnants of systems no longer used. There is no reason for pseudogenes to exist in a created being.[/li][li]irreducible complexity – complicated systems (like the eye) are cobbled together using different proteins and different structures numerous times during evolution. There are many ways to skin a cat.[/li][/ul]The answer is that life, in general, appears to be a cobbled together system formed by the interaction of thousands of factors over millions of years. Transposons rearranged the genome, and we see evidence that it is still happening (read up about the recent invasion of P-elements into the Drosophila melanogaster species from other Drosophilids). We see evidence of millions of years of mutations, with variations dependent on the importance of that particular stretch of genome. We still see mutation today. We see evolution of protein function in many different ways. We see new proteins evolving and old ones fading away into the padding of the genome. We even can see remnants of the abiogenetic RNA world from the structure of introns and exons. We see speciation, natural selection, and other principle tenets of Darwinism from levels ranging from nucleotide to ecosystem.
Nothing about our observations would say “special creation” or “divine intervention” or “omniscient guidance.” It is an ugly, higgeldy piggeldy world of billions of years of mutation and reformation.