Upholding a High View of Science and a High View of Scripture
Dr. John Sanford
LogosRA Director and Associate, President of FMS Foundation, Retired Cornell Geneticist, PhD Plant Breeding and Genetics
As a Cornell University professor, John conducted genetic research for over 30 years. This research has resulted in more than 100 scientific publications and several dozen patents. In addition to producing numerous new crop varieties, John's research resulted in new genetic engineering technologies. A large fraction of the transgenic crops grown in the world today involved use of the biolistic “gene gun” process, of which John was the primary inventor.
John also started two successful biotechnology companies. Since the year 2000, John has engaged in science-based Christian apologetics, defending the truth of scripture. He has published numerous scientific papers and books in the area of biblical genetics.
John feels his most significant contributions to science have been: 1) the Biolistic Process; 2) the book Genetic Entropy; 3) Development of Mendel's Accountant (the most advanced and biologically realistic numerical simulation of the mutation/selection process); and 4) the Cornell symposium and subsequently published proceedings entitled Biological Information - New Perspectives.
Links to Selected Papers:
Nylonase Genes and Proteins – Distribution, Conservation, and Possible Origins.
Testing the Hypothesis that the Nylonase NylB Protein Arose de novo via a Frameshift Mutation
Using Numerical Simulation to Better Understand Fixation Rates, and Establishment of a New Principle- "Haldane's Ratchet"
Biological Information and Genetic Theory: Introductory Comments
Multiple Overlapping Genetic Codes Profoundly Reduce the Probability of Beneficial Mutation
Can Purifying Natural Selection Preserve Biological Information
Selection Threshold Severely Constrains Capture of Beneficial Mutations
Using Numerical Simulation to Test the “Mutation-Count” Hypothesis
Can Synergistic Epistasis Halt Mutation Accumulation? Results from Numerical Simulation
Computational Evolution Experiments Reveal a Net Loss of Genetic Information Despite Selection
Information Loss: Potential for Accelerating Natural Genetic Attenuation of RNA Viruses
Using Numerical Simulation to Test the Validity of Neo-Darwinian Theory
Mendel’s Accountant: A Biologically Realistic Forward-Time Population Genetics Program
Mendel’s Accountant: A New Population Genetics Simulation Tool for Studying Mutation and Natural Selection
Using computer Simulation to Understand Mutation Accumulation Dynamics and Genetic Load
The Effects of Low Impact Mutations in Digital Organisms
Skittle Genome Paper
The Next Step in Understanding Population Dynamics- Comprehensive Numerical Simulation
Mendel's Accountant: A New Population Genetics Simulation Tool for Studying Mutation and Natural Selection
An overview of the independent histories of the human Y chromosome and the human mitochondrial chromosome.
A new look at an old virus: patterns of mutation accumulation in the human H1N1 influenza virus since 1918.
An Integrated Cloud Platform for Rapid Interface Generation, Job Scheduling, Monitoring, Plotting, and Case Management of Scientific Applications.
Books and Chapters:
Book: The Sexual Holocaust: A Global Crisis, 1st edition, 2019 (print and pdf versions available).
Book: Genetic Entropy, 4th edition, 2014 (print and Kindle versions available).
Book Chapter: Persuaded by the Evidence, 2008 (eds. Doug Sharp and Jerry Bergman), John Sanford: the making and unmaking of an evolutionary atheist, Master Books (p 147-154).
In Light of Genetics...Adam, Eve, and the Creation/Fall. Published in Christian Apologetics Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2, Fall 2014 by Southern Evangelical Seminary.
God, Family, and Genetics – A Biblical Perspective, Part 1: Genetic Evidences Supporting the Divine Origin of Man and Family; Published in Proceedings of the symposium at Rome: "The Two Shall Become One": The Creation of Adam and Eve as the Foundation of the Church's Teaching on Holy Marriage.
God, Family, and Genetics – A Biblical Perspective, Part 2: Genetic Evidences Refuting the Evolution of Man and Family; Published in Proceedings of the symposium at Rome: "The Two Shall Become One": The Creation of Adam and Eve as the Foundation of the Church's Teaching on Holy Marriage.