In the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on Feburary 4, 2014, Ham claimed the Richard Lenski experiments added no new genetic data. He went on to show a clip from Dr. Andrew J. Fabiach, a creationist that teaches at Liberty University,
When I look at the evidence that people cite of E. Coli supposedly evolving over 30 years, over 30,000 generations in the lab, and people say that it is now able to grow on citrate I don't deny that it grows on citrate but it is not any kind of new information. The information is already. It is just a switch that gets turned on and off. That is what they reported and it's nothing new.
Later in the Q/A exchange between Nye and Ham, Ham reiterates this claim,
What Bill Nye needs to do for me is to show me an example of something -- some new function -- that arose that was not previously possible from the genetic information that was there. I would claim and challenge you that there is no such example that you can give. That's I brought up the example in my presentation of Lenski experiments in regards to E. coli; and, there were some that seemed to develop the ability to exist on citrate but as Dr. Fabiach (sp?) has said from looking at his research he has found that that information was already there. It was just a gene that switched on and off. There is no example because information that's there in the genetic information of different animals and plants and so on there is no new function that can be added. Certainly great variation within a kind, but you'd have to show an example of brand new function that never previously was possible. There is no such example that you can give anywhere in the world.
So did the E. coli long-term evolution experiment result in new genetic data from mutation, or not?