A discovery by Swiss scientists assigns a purpose to previously misunderstood portions of human DNA and evidences the work of complex, precise design in the universe.
Within the human body are millions of mysterious little pieces of genetic material called jumping genes. For a long time, scientists considered these little hoppers to be useless bits of junk DNA. But the recent discovery in Switzerland shows these far-from-useless jumping genes, scientifically called transposable elements or TEs, play a vital role in human physiology.
The researchers hail their discovery, published in the journal Nature, as evidence of an evolutionary process of “previously unimagined complexity and elegance in genetics.”
But Cornelius Hunter, author and professor of biophysics and computational biology at Biola University, says the complexity and elegance that evolutionary scientists keep discovering points to precise design in our universe, not random evolutionary processes.
Scientists call TEs “jumping genes” because they jump around and seem to randomly insert themselves into the human genome, the map of our DNA that contains all of the instructions for our genes. Although scientists suspected these little acrobats might play a role in regulating genes, the question of how and why remained a mystery.
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