Monday, August 07, 2006

Junk DNA

ID proponents claim that ID predicts that so-called Junk DNA will turn out to have some useful function. Not being a biologist, I found it reasonable to assume that a lot of (but not all) junk DNA would indeed have some utility. However, this was just a naive assumption on my part. Andrea Bottaro at Panda's Thumb explains that there really is a lot of apparently useless junk in human DNA. It appears that I may have overestimated the utility of junk DNA. Not that it matters to the argument. ID does not predict that junk DNA will be useful. Not unless you make some specific assumptions about the designer, and ID proponents hate to say anything at all about the designer.

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