Neil Thomas, a professor and member of the British Rationalist Association, was a committed Darwinist and agnostic.
An “engineering theory of evolution” might be one way of expressing what the ID proponents who participated in the CELS event were seeking.
Yes, he doesn’t call it “intelligent design,” of course, and I’m confident he would deny the cell is designed.
I won’t recap the splendid work Emily Reeves has already done here in dissecting the TEDx talk from a scientific angle.
Because of the “dysmorphic” phenotype from a homozygous genotype, these mutant genes would be highly unlikely to become fixed in a population.