The authors criticize the “ultra-Darwinian mindset,” which “perpetuates the notion that the genome, and life itself, is like a Swiss watch.”
From a new, open-access article, “Implications of the first complete human genome assembly.”
ID licenses scientists to be curious about non-conserved biological redundancy and to investigate the possibility that biological redundancy is purposeful.
Junk DNA has been getting redress for decades of ignominy. Now, retrotransposons and transposable elements may be next in line for a better reputation.
There’s more function in the “junk” than imagined. Caltech finds a significant role: maintaining territories and compartments, and guiding components.