In the end, Farina’s potshots against intelligent design and Discovery Institute completely miss their targets.
Functionality for junk DNA is prevalent, and was successfully predicted by intelligent design.
In past years, papers have tried to identify the subset of all genes in a genome that are essential for viability.
Junk DNA has been getting redress for decades of ignominy. Now, retrotransposons and transposable elements may be next in line for a better reputation.
From an design perspective, there is no compelling reason to think that CRISPR gene editing will constitute an enhancement tool for building superior humans.