March 24, 2006 | David F. Coppedge

Non-Coding DNA: Whatcha Calling Junk?

The focus on genes continues to blur, as more geneticists look outside the box.  Some 98% of DNA in the nucleus of human cells does not code for genes.  Long dismissed as genetic junk, much of it may turn out to be the hands on the controls.
    A press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine reports “Junk DNA May Not Be So Junky After All.”  It may contain vital control regions that switch the genes on and off.  Researchers found that control regions don’t have to look the same between different species.  They found a case where a control region for a human gene looked very different from one in a zebrafish, but both performed the same function.  This hints that the non-coding regions are filled with enhancers and suppressors that we are only beginning to understand.

Evolutionists baffled, not a simple story of descent, natural phenomena more complex than realized, design scientists vindicated; watch this space.

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