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Why ENCODE Is a Significant Defeat for Darwinism

Tom Bethell

A week ago the Wall Street Journal (news department) published an article in line with what has appeared here at ENV. Headline: “‘Junk DNA’ Theory Debunked.”
Today, the paper published a letter by someone called Tom Shillock in Portland, Oregon. Opening two sentences:

Anyone with even the slightest understanding of the evolutionary process knows that evolution is too relentlessly efficient to have allowed most, or even large sections, of DNA to be “junk.” Any intelligent scientist would have simply said, “I don’t know.”

Now they tell us.
The ENCODE result is a significant defeat for Darwinism because the evidence supporting evolution by random mutation and natural selection has always been so sparse. Before the latest results, Darwinists could plausibly claim that junk DNA was their evidence. It “encoded” the history of random mutations. No longer.

Tom Bethell

Long-time journalist Tom Bethell is author of the newly released book Darwin’s House of Cards: A Journalist’s Odyssey Through the Darwin Debates. Praised by Tom Wolfe as “one of our most brilliant essayists,” Bethell is the previous author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science.



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