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 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 #33, Summer 2015 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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