These claims represent a classic but false “junk DNA” argument against intelligent design.
Long described as useless leftovers of evolution, pseudogenes are rising from the junk pile as functional entities.
As Seth W. Cheetham and his co-authors put it, biology suffers from “demotivation into exploring pseudogene function by the a priori assumption that they are functionless.”
A pair of new articles in Nature Genetics acknowledge just how widespread ERV and retrotransposon functionality is.
Many studies show that degradative mutations in APOB cause decreased cholesterol.