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Cornelius Hunter: More “Junk” DNA Is Crucial

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On a new episode of ID the Future, Dr. Cornelius Hunter, author of Science’s Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism, talks with host Andrew McDiarmid about new findings on so-called “junk” DNA. Download the podcast or listen to it here.

Evolutionary theory predicts lots of “Darwinian detritus” that does nothing for organisms. That prediction keeps coming up false. “Satellite DNA” was one form of DNA thought to be junk, and left on the back burner by researchers. But now it’s been found to be both crucial — for the fertility of male fruit flies — and species-specific. Evolutionary theory expected none of this, though it gamely accommodates it, Hunter explains. How? By moving the goalposts.

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