Supporting ICR Research | The Institute for Creation Research

Supporting ICR Research

The Institute for Creation Research views science through the lens of God’s Word, communicating the many ways that scientific evidence affirms the accuracy and truth of the Bible. ICR’s most recent research initiative is the development of a biological model that examines the innate abilities of living creatures in light of engineering principles.

With this new, exciting research paradigm, our staff transformed three areas on our Dallas campus into research venues—a blind cavefish laboratory, a molecular biology laboratory, and a microscopic imaging center. As more funds become available, we plan to expand our current research capabilities, including the acquisition of a combination scanning and transmission electron microscope.

This is ICR’s new LSM900 confocal laser scanning microscope. On the screen is a scan of DNA (blue) within the anterior head of a larval cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus).

Thanks to several large donations that enabled recent equipment purchases, our scientists are performing controlled experiments on one of the central icons of evolution—the blind cavefish. With no eyes and little skin pigmentation, this fish inhabits underground cave systems throughout the world. Evolutionists erroneously claim that cavefish are the “evolved” descendants of sighted surface-dwelling fish that diverged anywhere from eight million to as recently as 20,000 years ago.

Our laboratory has established reproducing populations of both surface fish and cavefish. Separate environments feature either cyclical high-intensity light to mimic sunlight or very low light combined with low pH levels that are regulated by CO2 gas diffusion into the water. Preliminary results show that cavefish rapidly develop pigmentation when exposed to virtual sunlight and seem to be pre-adjusted to tolerate high CO2 (low pH) water. The opposite is true as the surface fish lose pigmentation across their body when exposed to very low light combined with low pH levels.

These initial results are not surprising for those who realize that from the beginning of time, the Lord Jesus designed fish to be fruitful and “fill the earth” (Genesis 1:21-22). Our research is repeatable, not random, and shows that both of these control groups respond quickly, even within days. The findings contradict Darwin’s theory, which uses natural selection over eons of time as a substitute for the work of our Creator.

If you are an ICR donor, please know that our Lord is working powerfully through your faithful efforts in both your prayers and giving. If you’re new to ICR, please prayerfully consider coming alongside us as a co-laborer and donating to empower ICR’s Christ-centered initiatives. Our goal is to always communicate the scientific evidence that affirms the clarity and truthfulness of God’s written Word. Please visit ICR.org/donate to see our online giving options.

*Dr. Morse is Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his D.Min. from The Master’s Seminary

Cite this article: Charles (Chas) C. Morse, D.Min. 2023. Supporting ICR Research. Acts & Facts. 52 (5).

The Latest
NEWS
Trilobite Troubles in '24
The phylum Arthropoda is the largest animal phylum on the planet. These animals are designed with paired, jointed appendages and a chitinous exoskeleton....

NEWS
A Billion-Year Evolutionary Tale
All cells come from previous cells. In order to produce a new cell, the Lord Jesus designed a process called the cell cycle. This is a highly ordered...

NEWS
A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush
Inspired by God’s creation mandate in Genesis 1:28, humans across the centuries have sought ways to optimize processes, solve problems, and ultimately...

CREATION PODCAST
Darwin, Hitler, and the Holocaust Part 2 - More Than Animals...
From 1941 to 1945, Nazi Germany and its allies systematically murdered approximately six million Jews in a genocide known as the Holocaust....

NEWS
Did the Human Heart Evolve from Apes?
The amazingly designed pump we call the heart has made evolutionary news recently. Ffion White of Swansea University in Wales recently stated in...

NEWS
Recent Paleontological Discoveries Are Just What Creationists...
Current news from the field of paleontology is what creationists expected and even predicted. Whether recent fossil discoveries are invertebrates or...

NEWS
New Evidence for Catastrophic Plate Tectonics (CPT)?
Geophysicist Samantha Hansen and colleagues may have just strengthened evidence for catastrophic plate tectonics (CPT), the leading theoretical model...

NEWS
The Price of Freedom
"And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born" (Acts 22:28). The privilege...

CREATION PODCAST
Darwin, Hitler, and the Holocaust Part 1 - A Faulty Foundation...
From 1941 to 1945, Nazi Germany and its allies systematically murdered approximately six million Jews in a genocide known as the Holocaust....

NEWS
July 2024 ICR Wallpaper
"For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve on another."...