The ENCODE Embroilment, Part III

Evolution Proves Our Genome Is Junky . . . Which Proves Evolution . . .

The ENCODE project presented strong, experimentally derived evidence that the vast majority of our genome has important biochemical functions, but the specific functions of most of our six billion nucleotides have yet to be determined. Perhaps a hundred years from now molecular biologists will have these puzzles largely solved. But our present ignorance leaves enough ambiguity for some evolutionary biologists to hide out in the hope that the bulk of our genome may still turn out to be junk.

In Salvo 32 we saw that ENCODE critics are wrong in their main counterargument that research hasn't detected function throughout the genome. Continuing that...


is a scientist and an attorney with a PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg and a JD from the University of San Diego. In his day job, he works as Associate Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute, helping to oversee the intelligent design (ID) research program and defending academic freedom for scientists who support intelligent design. Dr. Luskin has written and spoken widely on the scientific mechanics and implications of both intelligent design and evolution. He also volunteers for the "IDEA Center," a non-profit that helps students to start IDEA Clubs on their college and high school campuses. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington, where he and his wife are avid enjoyers of the outdoors.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #33, Summer 2015 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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