A long time before scientists decoded the human DNA, evolutionists decided that over 95% of the DNA must be useless—“junk DNA”. Evolution demanded it—there is too much variation, too much DNA to mutate, and too few generations in which to get it all done. They suggested the junk DNA was just padding between the important parts.
With the decoding of the human DNA showing that only 2% of the DNA coded for proteins, the “junk DNA” idea seemed vindicated. Because no one knew what the 98% did, it was easy to jump to the fallacious conclusion it did nothing.
Evolutionists used this “junk DNA” as evidence for evolution, employing circular reasoning. From evolutionary theory, they decided that most of the DNA was junk. So, if two organisms—say a human and a chimp—shared the same DNA sequence of some junk DNA, the only explanation must be that they shared a common ancestor that passed on that sequence to both descendants. Kazam! Evolution proven!
Well, like the evolutionists’ vestigial organs argument,1 the junk DNA idea has been unravelling with the advance of scientific knowledge. One of the major classes of junk DNA consists of similar sequences that seemed to occur randomly in the DNA. Evolutionists claimed that these were leftover bits of ancient virus infections where some of the virus inserted itself into the host’s DNA. Because of this, they were called retro-transposons.2
The idea of this DNA being junk influenced many scientists to disregard it—so much so that when one scientist decided to patent the junk DNA of all organisms, he met little opposition.3….
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