Category: ‘Junk DNA’

A prediction I made in 2006 is coming to fruition

I wrote here in 2006 that the Designer of life has put steganography (hidden messages in DNA) to help scientists understand DNA. The steganography cannot have emerged via selection or neutral evolution, it is just there, it is a design feature. We typically call them “conserved” sequences, but I’ve argued that “conserved” is the wrong […] more

Larry almost got it right, but he just can’t turn the corner

In 2013 Larry wrote On Beating Dead Horses I was reminded of this while reading Salvador Corova’s latest post on Uncommon Descent because he refers to beating dead horses [If not Rupe and Sanford’s presentation (8/6/13), would you believe Wiki? In this case, yes]. I’m not going to make any comments. Read it and weep […] more

“Junk proteins” hit the antiques road show and …

In 2013 functions were identified for many of these “intrinsically disordered proteins” (IDPs), as they are sometimes called. more

Thanks Larry! If a species can lose its stomach, it must mean the mutation was neutral

Larry actually had some rare kind words for me. He said here Cordova is correct. Thanks for the kind words, Larry! Larry goes on to argue that organisms can tolerate lots of mutations and still reproduce. Yes, I agree, but reproduction is not the real thing in question, it is the existence of designs. I’ve […] more

Ganymede: First complete geologic map of an icy, outer-planet moon

No one talks of life there (unless we introduced extremophiles?). more

Does Evolutionary Theory Really Help Scientists?

For a number of years, many of us at UD have made the argument that evolutionary theory, in practice, is of almost no help whatsoever in getting at the secrets of biology. I’ve taken the position personally that it actually hurts, and that it is not a matter of indifference to the study of biology […] more

New genes come from junk DNA?

Researchers found non-coding DNA was source for new genes in fruit flies. more

Linc RNA–once believed useless–plays a role in the genome

Here is a piece over at Phys.Org dealing with “long, intergenic non-coding” RNA. “When we removed the specific lincRNA, we looked at the mouse brain and the progenitors were reduced. As a consequence probably, the population [of neurons] that sits on top of the cerebral cortex are reduced … It’s likely that in the future […] more

Junk DNA turns out to influence diabetes risk

Is someone keeping track of all this for an Atlas of Junk DNA? more

Another pseudogene shows function?

Abstract notes, newly identified non-junk “might have clinical applications.” more

HGT: Flowering plant genome captures four entire genomes

Remember when some claimed that horizontal gene transfer was a minor — exceedingly minor — player in evolution, rarely happened? more

What? Darwin’s followers did not use junk DNA as an argument for their position?

Albert Einstein is said according to one reckoning to have made 23 significant mistakes but he is still Einstein. By contrast, lesser and less secure figures err, their followers are often expected to cover up for them. more

Biotechnology mag says there is little junk DNA

So did ID theorists have anything to say about junk DNA? Yes, they predicted that it was not junk. more

Another response to Darwin’s followers’ attack on the “not-much-junk-DNA” ENCODE findings

CDC researcher says the article by Graur et al. contains assumptions and statements that are questionable. more

Another use for junk DNA found

Researcher: “We uncovered a novel mechanism that allows proteins that direct pre-mRNA splicing – RNA-binding proteins – to induce a regulatory effect from greater distances than was thought possible.” more

2013 Nobel Prize for intracellular transport networks

Just heard on the Caribbean’s traditional 7:00 am BBC morning news, award of a Nobel Prize to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells The Nobel press release remarks: The 2013 Nobel Prize honours three scientists who […] more

Helpful for non-Darwinists: Uses of junk DNA

But you don’t care. You’d die for Darwin instead, right? more

ENCODE foe Dan Graur goes after bad social psych paper

Well, on a globe, lots of paths eventually intersect, and what do we see but Dan Graur attacking the positivity study’s lead author, calling her a “well-known crook”and “positivity scoundrel.” My, my. more

Animation of our RNA at work

Official non-mobile chyron from the Darwin lobby: What you are seeing above is a random, undesigned, and undirected process. It only LOOKS otherwise. more

Jonathan Wells on the junk DNA myth

A bit of background to the Cornell OBI paper. more

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