A pair of new articles in Nature Genetics acknowledge just how widespread ERV and retrotransposon functionality is.
Some have claimed that for humans the coalescence to one (or first coalescent) does not happen for well over a million years back in time, calling into question the idea of a single-couple human origin.
ERVs are a favorite with Darwin defenders, claimed as a support for common descent.
Ann Gauger recently wrote an excellent piece about interpreting scientific writings minus all the unnecessary evolutionary gloss.
ID predicts function because the basis for ID’s predictions is observations of how intelligent agents design things, and intelligent agents tend to design objects that perform some kind of function.