RNA genes have many functions but a large proportion entail gene regulation-related functions that fall within the category of epigenetics.
John Mattick uses the language of historian of science Thomas Kuhn to predict that we are witnessing a “paradigm shift” away from the concept of junk DNA.
A new theory “emerges first in the mind of one or a few individuals” but then it spreads because the field faces “crisis-provoking problems.”
Throughout this paper, Stuart Burgess emphasizes the supremacy of natural systems over human-engineered ones.
Taken as a totality, they make “zero sense in the context” of classic evolutionary theory.