The Myth of Junk DNA

The Myth of Junk DNA

The Myth of Junk DNA is written for a general audience by biologist Jonathan Wells, author of Icons of Evolution. Citing some of the abundant evidence from recent genome projects, the book shows that “junk DNA” is not science, but myth.

Author: Jonathan Wells

Publisher: Discovery Inst

ISBN: 1936599007

Category: Science

Page: 170

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According to the modern version of Darwin's theory, DNA contains a program for embryo development that is passed down from generation to generation; the program is implemented by proteins encoded by the DNA, and accidental DNA mutations introduce changes in those proteins that natural selection then shapes into new species, organs and body plans. When scientists discovered forty years ago that about 98% of our DNA does not encode proteins, the non-protein-coding portion was labeled “junk” and attributed to molecular accidents that have accumulated in the course of evolution. Recent books by Richard Dawkins, Francis Collins and others have used this “junk DNA” as evidence for Darwinian evolution and evidence against intelligent design (since an intelligent designer would presumably not have filled our genome with so much garbage). But recent genome evidence shows that much of our non-protein-coding DNA performs essential biological functions. The Myth of Junk DNA is written for a general audience by biologist Jonathan Wells, author of Icons of Evolution. Citing some of the abundant evidence from recent genome projects, the book shows that “junk DNA” is not science, but myth.
Categories: Science

Is Reality Secular

Is Reality Secular

41See Elizabeth Pennisi, “ENCODE Project Writes Eulogy for Junk DNA,”
Science 337, no. ... Jonathan Wells, The Myth of Junk DNA (Seattle: Discovery
Institute, 2011); idem, Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? (Washington, DC:
Regnery ...

Author: Mary Poplin

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830871896

Category: Religion

Page: 319

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What is the nature of reality? At the root of our society's deepest political and cultural divisions are the conflicting principles of four global worldviews. While each of us holds to some version of one of these worldviews, we are often unconscious of their differences as well as their underlying assumptions. Mary Poplin argues that the ultimate test of a worldview, philosophy or ideology is whether it corresponds with reality. Since different perspectives conflict with each other, how do we make sense of the differences? And if a worldview system accurately reflects reality, what implications does that have for our thinking and living? In this wide-ranging and perceptive study, Poplin examines four major worldviews: naturalism, humanism, pantheism and Judeo-Christian theism. She explores the fundamental assumptions of each, pressing for limitations. Ultimately she puts each perspective to the test, asking, what if this worldview is true? If reality is secular, that means something for how we orient our lives. But if reality is not best explained by secular perspectives, that would mean something quite different. Consider for yourself what is the fundamental substance of reality.
Categories: Religion

The Long Ascent Volume 1

The Long Ascent  Volume 1

Genesis 1-11 in Science & Myth, Volume 1 Robert Sheldon. further down ... But
they had no idea why.29 Little by little, we are learning why: The non-coding RnA
is controlling the DnA. A recent paper called this junk DnA, “an operating system.

Author: Robert Sheldon

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532612145

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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The first eleven chapters of Genesis (Adam, Eve, Noah) are to the twenty-first century what the Virgin Birth was to the nineteenth century: an impossibility. A technical scientific exegesis of Gen 1-11, however, reveals not only the lost rivers of Eden and its location, but the date of the Flood, the length of the Genesis days, and the importance of comets in the creation of the world. These were hidden in the Hebrew text, now illuminated by modern cosmology, archaeology, and biology. The internet-friendly linguistic tools described in this book make it possible to resolve the mysterious "firmament," to decipher the "bird of the air," and to find the dragonflies of chapter 1. Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Sumerian, and Sanskrit mythology are all found to support this new interpretation of Genesis. Combining science, myth, and the Genesis accounts together paints a vivid picture of the genetic causes and consequences of the greatest Flood of the human race. It also draws attention to the acute peril our present civilization faces as it follows the same path as its long-forgotten, antediluvian ancestors. Discover why Genesis has never been so possible, so relevant as it is today.
Categories: Religion

Problems in Epistemology and Metaphysics

Problems in Epistemology and Metaphysics

As a reminder, recall that DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) molecules are the basic
carrier of genetic information and are found in ... 15 For a helpful discussion of
these and related results, see chapter 3 of J. Wells, The Myth of Junk DNA (
Seattle: ...

Author: Steven B. Cowan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350016095

Category: Philosophy

Page: 416

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Problems in Epistemology and Metaphysics takes a pro and con approach to two central philosophical topics. Each chapter begins with a question: Can We Have Knowledge? How are Beliefs Justified? What is the mind? Contemporary philosophers with opposing viewpoints are then paired together to argue their position and raise problems with conflicting standpoints. Alongside an up-to-date introduction to a core philosophical stance, each contributor provides a critical response to their opponent and clear explanation of their view. Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter to guide further discussion. With chapters covering core questions surrounding religious beliefs, scientific knowledge, truth, being and reality, this is a comprehensive introduction to debates lying at the heart of what we know, how we know it and the nature of the world we live in.
Categories: Philosophy

On the Origin of Consciousness

On the Origin of Consciousness

Author: Scott D. G. Ventureyra

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532655197

Category: Religion

Page: 342

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Have you ever thought about how self-consciousness (self-awareness) originated in the universe? Understanding consciousness is one of the toughest "nuts to crack." In recent years, scientists and philosophers have attempted to provide an answer to this mystery. The reason for this is simply because it cannot be confined to solely a materialistic interpretation of the world. Some scientific materialists have suggested that consciousness is merely an illusion in order to insulate their worldviews. Yet, consciousness is the most fundamental thing we know, even more so than the external world since we require it to perceive or think about anything. Without it, reasoning would be impossible. Dr. Scott Ventureyra, in this ground-breaking book, explores the idea of the Christian God and Creation in order to tackle this most difficult question. He demonstrates that theology has something significant to offer in reflection of how consciousness originated in the universe. He also makes a modest claim that the Christian conception of God and Creation provide a plausible account for the origin of self-consciousness. He integrates philosophy, theology, and science in an innovative way to embark on this exploration.
Categories: Religion

Stealing from God

Stealing from God

Wojciech Makalowski, “Not junk after all,” Science, 300 (May 23, 2003): 1246–
1247. Jonathan Wells, The Myth of Junk DNA (Seattle: Discovery Institute Press,
2011), 9. ENCODE Project Consortium, “An integrated encyclopedia of DNA ...

Author: Frank Turek

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 9781612918044

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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If you think atheists have reason, evidence, and science on their side, think again! Award-winning author Dr. Frank Turek (I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist) will show you how atheists steal reason, evidence, science, and other arguments from God in trying to make their case for atheism. If that sounds contradictory, it’s because it is! Atheists can’t make their case without appealing to realities only theism can explain. In an engaging and memorable way, Stealing from God exposes these intellectual crimes atheists are committing and then provides four powerful reasons for why Christianity is true.
Categories: Religion

The Mythology of Evolution

The Mythology of Evolution

Mutation: a change in the DNA for a particular gene that produces a new gene
variant (q.q.v.). Myth: ... Non-coding section: portions of genetic material that don't
specify or regulate the production of proteins (q.v.), sometimes called 'junk DNA'.

Author: Chris Bateman

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781780996509

Category: Science

Page: 278

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This book liberates evolution from misrepresentative scientific myths to find a more nuanced vision of life that shows how advantages persist, trust is beneficial, and the diversity of species emerges.
Categories: Science

Facts Myths Facing Today s World

Facts   Myths Facing Today s World

The human genome The human genome is made up ofthe entire DNA that a
person possesses, plus the junk DNA. This includes all that is in our
chromosomes as well as that in our Mitochondria. I have not discussed the
Mitochondria yet, but ...

Author: John Durbin Husher

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595514908

Category: Education

Page: 276

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The author provides facts and myths concerning global warming, as well as a detailed discussion of DNA and its affects on a person's genetics. He brings forth the fantasies surrounding HIV and AIDS and frees the reader's mind from any fear concerning these afflictions. The reader is introduced to the human genome and stem cells with their promises for the near future. He details how global warming is a normal cycle that our Earth has followed and is not due to atmospheric carbon dioxide. He insists the Earth will have a cooling period near the turn of the century that will cause more concern than the warming cycle we are experiencing. Each of the subjects is presented in a novel manner that the layman will find entertaining.
Categories: Education

Magic Words

Magic Words

As he wrote in one essay, 'The Serpent and the Sword', the idea that snake
symbolism in mythology represents DNA came ... possibly so-called 'junk DNA' –
acts as a storehouse of ancestral knowledge which can be accessed using ritual.

Author: Lance Parkin

Publisher: Aurum

ISBN: 9781781311462

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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For over three decades comics fans and creators have regarded Alan Moore as a titan of the form. With works such as V for Vendetta, Watchmen and From Hell, he has repeatedly staked out new territory, attracting literary plaudits and a mainstream audience far removed from his underground origins. His place in popular culture is now such that major Hollywood players vie to adapt his books for cinema. Yet Moore's journey from the hippie Arts Labs of the 1970s to the bestseller lists was far from preordained. A principled eccentric, who has lived his whole life in one English town, he has been embroiled in fierce feuds with some of the entertainment industry's biggest corporations. And just when he could have made millions ploughing a golden rut he turned instead to performance art, writing erotica, and the occult. Now, as Alan Moore hits sixty, it's time to go in search of this extraordinary gentleman, and follow the peculiar path taken by a writer quite unlike any other.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Race Myth

The Race Myth

Intronic DNA is found interspersed within our coding regions, but normally does
not produce messages that contribute to our proteins. Finally, noncoding DNA, or
"junk" DNA, makes up the vast majority of DNA in our cells. DNA was active in ...

Author: Joseph L. Graves

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: 0452286581

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

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The author of The Emperor's New Clothes presents scientific arguments against race classifications, explaining that racism is an unintended consequence of evolution and presenting creative suggestions on how to promote true equality in America. Reprint.
Categories: Social Science

Welcome to Your Designer Planet

Welcome to Your Designer Planet

Myths are not merely symbolic; they are catalytic. ... The geomythic information of
the subtle Earth is encoded to activate your DNA (it's the extra or “junkDNA that
needs activating for the full range of human abilities, most of which we probably ...

Author: Richard Leviton

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595888405

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 686

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We now live in the time of the Gaian hierophant. This is the one who reveals and shows us how to relate to the sacred aspects of Gaia, our planet. Who is this hierophant? Each of us, when we join the campaign with Gaia against the desecration of our natural environment. But first we have to discover what the Earth really is. The Earth's thousands of sacred sites hold a secret: they are functional parts of the planet's geomantic body, consciousness nodes in the Earth's subtle body. Each veils a Light temple, each once known widely and remembered in myth, and Welcome to Your Designer Planet! documents 165 different kinds. The Earth is not an accident of the cosmos, but was designed specifically for humans as an extended Mystery temple primed to support and enhance our greater awareness. And the designers intended that humans help maintain it. Want to help the ecosystem and modulate global warming and climate change? Plug yourself into the Earth's Light grid through your nearest sacred site and start helping. Earth Mysteries researcher Richard Leviton presents a working model of the Earth's geomantic reality based on 24 years of research. The world's myths are the doorway into this fantastic domain of the Earth's visionary geography, showing us where to go and what to do and even what kinds of spiritual beings to expect to see. The future of the Earth is in our hands. Here are some pages from its design manual showing us how to fine-tune our wonderful host planet.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Aryan Invasion Myth

Aryan Invasion Myth

31 Transglobal sampling of neutral genetic markers – stretches of genetic
material that do not help create the body ' s functioning proteins but instead are
composed of so - called junk DNA – have yielded the result that , on average , 88

Author: Parameśa Caudhurī


ISBN: UOM:39015061609551

Category: Caste

Page: 242

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Theory to establish that the political situation and terrorism in post-1947 India is attributed to Aryan invasion and prevailing caste system.
Categories: Caste

Genetics For Dummies

Genetics For Dummies

corn, mutations of, 285 Crick, Francis (DNA structure discoveries), 95–96 Cri-du-
chat syndrome, 235 crossing, Mendel's experiments with, 38–39 crossing-over,
346. ... designer babies, myth of, 315 developmental genetics, 331 di-
deoxyribonucleoside triphosphates (ddNTPs), 169–172, ... 85–87 discovery of,
93–94 extracting from biological evidence, 270–273 home experiment extracting,
84 junk, 111, ...

Author: Tara Rodden Robinson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118054598

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 437

Reveals the connections between genetics and specific diseases Understand the science and the ethics behind genetics Want to know more about genetics? This non-intimidating guide gets you up to speed on all the fundamentals. From dominant and recessive inherited traits to the DNA double-helix, you get clear explanations in easy-to-understand terms. Plus, you'll see how people are applying genetic science to fight disease, develop new products, solve crimes . . . and even clone cats. Discover: What geneticists do How traits are passed on How genetic counseling works The basics of cloning The role of DNA in forensics The scoop on the Human Genome Project
Categories: Science

Perl for Exploring DNA

Perl for Exploring DNA

However , the metaphor of referring to DNA , especially intergenic DNA that has
not yet been deciphered as " junk , " is so simple and ... Such examples viewed
not one at a time but by the thousands will perhaps lay the myth to rest some day

Author: Mark D. LeBlanc

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123393030

Category: Computers

Page: 276

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This book provides an exceptionally friendly introduction to Perl that emphasizes good programming practices with repeated exposure to pattern matching as applied to biological sequence analysis (DNA analysis, Protein analysis). The full-length book is appropriate for postgraduates in either computer science or biology and especially relevant to new interdisciplinary courses involving students from multiple disciplines.
Categories: Computers

Epigenetic Shaping of Sociosexual Interactions From Plants to Humans

Epigenetic Shaping of Sociosexual Interactions  From Plants to Humans

However , the notion that these elements constitute merely " junk " DNA is a myth
and unequivocally incorrect . It is clear that repetitive elements have greatly
contributed to our evolution and have shaped our genomes ( Cordaux & Batzer ...


Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0128002220

Category: Science

Page: 326

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Epigenetic Shaping of Sociosexual Interactions: From Plants to Humans is the first attempt to interpret the higher social functions of organisms. This volume covers an extraordinarily wide range of biological research and provides a novel framework for understanding human-specific brain functions. Covers an extraordinarily wide range of biological research Provides a novel framework for understanding human-specific brain functions.
Categories: Science

DNA and the Hunt for Britain s Most Evil Criminals

DNA and the Hunt for Britain s Most Evil Criminals

Emery peeled away the myths surrounding DNA profiling until all he was left with
was a seemingly rotten core . ... Of course , in real life , DNA profiling was done
on junk DNA material with no obvious human attributes - not hair colour and so ...

Author: Ron Mackenna

Publisher: Spotlight Poets

ISBN: 1902927508

Category: DNA fingerprinting

Page: 206

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How well do you REALLY know your neighbours? RIGHT NOW around 600 unconvicted murderers are living quiet respectable lives in Britain. Killers like Ian Lowther who married, brought up a daughter and led a law-abiding life in the 23 years after brutally murdering Mary Gregson. Men who, in the past, could have relaxed in the certain knowledge that they would never be caught. When the police finally came for Lowther at his house overlooking the very canal where he murdered Gregson, it wasn't due to a tip-off or confession - it was a scientific breakthrough. This remarkable case is not unique. In the 10 years since the discovery and development of DNA testing, fragments of evidence dating from past decades have been brought out of police store rooms, dusted down and tested. Samples like the one that caught Lowther - a tiny spec lying at the bottom of the Leeds to Liverpool canal with Gregson's body - were brought back to life to finger the killers. This is the story of how those breakthroughs changed the face of the world. It is the story of DNA and the race to bring down some of Britain's most evil criminals.
Categories: DNA fingerprinting



... 278–279 Indian myths, 26 Induction, 4 Industrial melanism, 116–117 Industrial
Revolution, 88 Influenza epidemic of ... 7, 351 Jones, Judge John E., 42–43, 349
Joshua, 31, 33 Judah, 28–30 “Jumping genes,” 96 “Junk DNA,” 96–97 Jurassic ...

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231511421

Category: Science

Page: 408

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Over the past twenty years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before. The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution. In this engaging and richly illustrated book, Donald R. Prothero weaves an entertaining though intellectually rigorous history out of the transitional forms and series that dot the fossil record. Beginning with a brief discussion of the nature of science and the "monkey business of creationism," Prothero tackles subjects ranging from flood geology and rock dating to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the ingredients of the primordial soup, the effects of communal living, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the leap from chimpanzee to human. Prothero pays particular attention to the recent discovery of "missing links" that complete the fossil timeline and details the debate between biologists over the mechanisms driving the evolutionary process. Evolution is an absorbing combination of firsthand observation, scientific discovery, and trenchant analysis. With the teaching of evolution still an issue, there couldn't be a better moment for a book clarifying the nature and value of fossil evidence. Widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, Prothero demonstrates that the transformation of life on this planet is far more awe inspiring than the narrow view of extremists.
Categories: Science



story dead: some four millennia ago (give or take three), when my Germanic
twohundredishgreat grandmother had given birth to a daughter with a single
change in her mitochondrial junk DNA: the last recorded tick of the molecular

Author: Greg Egan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780575105447

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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LUMINOUS collects together one original story plus nine previously unpublished in book form. Greg Egan's short fiction is at the cutting edge of the genre. His stories range from near future predictions to far future, far space improvisations. His grasp of the latest scientific breakthroughs is unparalleled in science fiction. The stories include 'Transition Dreams', 'Cocoon', 'Our Lady of Chernobyl', the title story 'Luminous' and 'The Planck Drive'. Egan's particular interests range from the farther shores of chaos theory and black hole science to bio-technology and cloning.
Categories: Fiction

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

of engineered gene mutation in which original DNA sequences are broken and
the fragments are rejoined in new configurations. ... It is possible that the science
of population genetics may prove useful in dismantling the antifemale myths of
biological determinism and ... agricultural and pharmaceutical industries may be
classified as “junk DNA,” and new medications and gene therapies unlikely to
return ...

Author: Cheris Kramarae

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135963156

Category: Reference

Page: 2050

View: 189

For a full list of entries and contributors, sample entries, and more, visit the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women website. Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects.
Categories: Reference

Art Inquiry

Art Inquiry

We have to remember that we do not know why most of our DNA is there . A mere
3 % accounts for the whole diversity of life . Narby argues that the shaman ' s
information comes from the mysterious junk DNA , the 97 % we don ' t account for



ISBN: STANFORD:36105113695147

Category: Arts


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Categories: Arts