DNA Trash Talk

Questions for Jonathan Wells on The Myth of Junk DNA

Materialists have a longstanding love affair with the notion that life is a poorly constructed kluge. For decades, they have argued that since only about 2 to 3 percent of human DNA codes for proteins, most noncoding DNA is useless genetic junk.

As their argument goes, no designer would put such genetic garbage in our genomes, and therefore so-called junk DNA refutes intelligent design (ID). Random evolutionary mutations, on the other hand, might be expected to produce a genome full of what Francis Collins called "genetic flotsam and jetsam."

Proponents of intelligent design respond that we're just beginning to understand the workings of the genome, and we ought not to assume...


is a senior editor of Salvo and is co-founder of the Intelligent Design & Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Center and Program Officer in Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Discovery Institute.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #18, fall 2011 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo18/dna-trash-talk


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