Let’s Hear It for Junk
|May 9, 2007||Posted by PaV under Intelligent Design|
In a new article in this week’s New Scientist magazine, the marsupial and placental genomes are compared. Only a meager 1.1% of the “coding” (coding for “genes”) portion of the placental genome is “unique”, while a whopping 20.5% of the “non-coding” (so-called ‘junk’ DNA) was unique to placental mammals. This indicates that where marsupials and placental mammals are genetically different is almost entirely to be found in the “junk DNA” sections of the genome. As one of the lead scientists remarks, “”Evolution is tinkering much more with the controls than with the genes themselves.” If the immense physiological differences separating the orders of marsupials and mammals is attributable almost entirely to the “control” of the genome, then, indeed, DNA not only looks and feels like a true coding system, it indeed is. As Bill Gates says, “DNA is like a software program, only much more complex than anything we’ve ever devised.” But, then, Dawkins problem–and with him, all Darwinists–becomes not trying to explain how the phrase, “Methinks it is a weasel,” could come about by random processes, but how something immensely more complicated than “Vista” operating system came about through chance processes.