The design inference is obvious but often implicit, because explicit acknowledgement of design in biology carries with it substantial career risk.
Darwin still has some cachet among design advocates. In this I differ from some of my friends and colleagues.
In “real time” they show the function of an enhancer in switching a gene from off to on.
Why not treat the whole genome as functional? This is a radical concept, but perhaps the focus on genes distorts our understanding.
“Male mice grow ovaries instead of testes if they are missing a small region of DNA that doesn’t contain any genes,” reports the Francis Crick Institute.