If such engineering sophistication were encountered in any other realm of inquiry, it would immediately be attributed to intelligence.
Broken genes that appear to have been disabled by mutations have long been the flagship of many a critique of intelligent design.
Proponents of intelligent design have long argued that “specified complexity” is a reliable indicator of design.
Check out “The Theory of Intelligent Design: Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.”
An ID-based paradigm of biology can help us understand the functions of pseudogenes, whereas a neo-Darwinian paradigm leads us to wrongly assume these genes like the GULO “pseudogene” are “broken” genetic “junk.”