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The myth of junk DNA

Author: Jonathan Wells, Ph. D.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Discovery Institute Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A number of leading proponents of Darwinian evolution claim that "junk DNA" - the non-protein-coding DNA that makes up more than 95% of our genome - provides decisive evidence for Darwin's theory and against intelligent design, since an intelligent designer would not have littered our genome with so much garbage. In this provocative book, biologist Jonathan Wells exposes their claim as an anti-scientific myth that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Wells, Ph. D.
ISBN: 9781936599004 1936599007
OCLC Number: 739090951
Description: 170 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The controversy over Darwinian evolution --
Junk DNA : the last icon of evolution? --
Most DNA is transcribed into RNA --
Introns and the splicing code --
Pseudogenes : not so pseudo after all --
Jumping genes and repetitive RNA --
Functions independent of exact sequence --
Some recent defenders of Junk DNA --
Summary of the case for functionality in junk DNA --
From junk DNA to a new understanding of the genome --
Appendix : The vitamin C pseudogene.
Responsibility: Jonathan Wells.

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"A number of leading proponents of Darwinian evolution claim that "junk DNA" - the non-protein-coding DNA that makes up more than 95% of our genome - provides decisive evidence for Darwin's theory and against intelligent design, since an intelligent designer would not have littered our genome with so much garbage. In this provocative book, biologist Jonathan Wells exposes their claim as an anti-scientific myth that ignores the evidence, relies on illegitimate theological speculations, and impedes biomedical research. Far from consisting mainly of junk, the genome is increasingly revealing itself to be a multidimensional, integrated system in which non-protein-coding DNA performs a wide variety of essential biological functions. If anything, the genome actually provides evidence for intelligent design, not against it. After reading this book, your view of the genome - and of the people who claim to represent science while they misrepresent the evidence - will never be the same again." --Back cover.

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