We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A comparison of the DNA sequences from the 36 sea sponge genes with the homologous sequences from humans, Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) and Nematostella vectensis (a cnidarian with a simple nervous system consisting of a loose network of nerves) revealed striking similarities between the genes in all four species. One gene, called dlg, encodes a crucial component of the post-synaptic density scaffold. The protein product of that gene contains a number of regions that form the protein-protein bonds that hold the scaffold together. The segment of the dlg gene encoding these binding regions was found to be highly conserved - the DNA sequences in the sea sponge gene were identical to the human sequences. This suggests that in the sea sponge these proteins interact in exactly the same way as they do in the human postsynaptic density.
This topic lets me chime in on intelligent design and evolution. Science supports evolution, in spite of what some ID advocates say. There are gaps in the knowledge but every testable element supports evolution and this seems to as well.
Philosophically and as a matter of personal faith, I believe in Intelligent Design by Prime Cause starting the Universe. I call Prime Cause God because I find my beliefs are Theist. I'm completely at sea about why God would use evolution to shape life, but the science convinces me that evolution is the method. The glorious results convince me of the Intelligent Design aspect. This is one circle that I can square, pretty much.
As for why God used evolution -- heck, I don't know why God made a Universe at all.