DNA and the Book of Mormon

There have been theories and studies about DNA either attempting to prove or disprove the accuracy of some interpretation of the Book of Mormon.

With available information and current DNA techniques, there just simply isn’t enough information to reach a conclusion, said John M. Butler, a research chemist and a forensic DNA scientist of the federal government, during BYU’s Campus Education Week.

The argument
The critics contend that the current Native American DNA more closely resembles that of Asians than that of Jews, thus disproving the introduction to the Book of Mormon that the book is “written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel.”

The introduction to the 1981 edition of the Book of Mormon specifically stated that the Lamanites were the ancestors of the modern-day Book of Mormon.

Then, if critics could prove the Book of Mormon as false, then what is left? Butler asked, citing the Prophet Joseph Smith.

In 2006 and 2007, articles were published about these type of findings and Butler and other LDS scientists responded.

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