ID proponents have long predicted that functions would be uncovered for such non-coding DNA.
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.
Scientists find the most interesting things when they suspect function in poorly understood parts of the genome.
Isn’t DNA the one and only “secret of life”? Neo-Darwinism, a gene-obsessed doctrine, needs it to be.