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Once Again, The So-Called "Junk DNA" Turns Out To Be Functional

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"Junk DNA" is one of the myths that the Darwinist dogma has imposed onto biological literature. The term refers to the sections of DNA that is assumed to have no function at all. Evolutionists use this assumption to support their false view that humans and all other living being are the products of a blind and accidental process of evolution.

However, studies in the recent years show that the term "Junk DNA" is a great misconception. Important functions of the so-called called "junk" parts of DNA are discovered and the whole concept of "Junk DNA" turns out to be the manifestation of ignorance.

The recent blow to the myth of "Junk DNA" came from a study about the cohesin-containing proteins. In Science Daily, in an article titled "Essential Cell Division "Zipper" Anchors To So-Called Junk DNA", the following is reported:

In a new study in the August 29 issue of Nature, researchers at The Wistar Institute identify a cohesin-containing protein complex that reshapes chromatin to allow cohesins to bind to DNA. In doing so, they also identified the locations on the human genome where the cohesins bind. Somewhat to their surprise, the binding sites were found to be a repetitive DNA sequence found throughout the human genome for which no previous role had ever been identified. These bits of DNA, known as Alu sequences, are liberally represented along those vast stretches of the human genome not known to directly control genetic activity, sometimes referred to as junk DNA.

"One thing that interested us is that there are 500 thousand to 1 million Alu repeats across the human genome," says Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., an associate professor at The Wistar Institute and senior author on the Nature study. "These sequences are very common. And this makes sense if one of their roles is to bind to the bridging proteins, the cohesins, to keep the replicated DNA sisters together until it is time for them to separate. Multiple bridging sites throughout the DNA would be needed for this system to work. They couldn't be unique sequences." 1

The concept of "Junk DNA" is very similar to the concept of "vestigial organs", a rotten argument put forward by Darwinist more than a century ago. It was an attractive story: As evolutionists would have it, there existed in the bodies of some creatures a number of non-functional organs. These had been inherited from progenitors and had gradually become vestigial from lack of use.

The whole assumption was quite unscientific, and was based entirely on insufficient knowledge. These "non-functional organs" were in fact organs whose "functions had not yet been discovered."

The best indication of this was the gradual yet substantial decrease in evolutionists' long list of vestigial organs. The list of human "vestigial organs" was made by the German Anatomist R. Wiedersheim in 1895 included approximately 100 organs, including the appendix and coccyx. As science progressed, it was discovered that all of the organs in Wiedersheim's list in fact had very important functions. For instance, it was discovered that the appendix, which was supposed to be a "vestigial organ," was in fact a lymphoid organ that fought infections in the body.

"Junk DNA" is the modern version of the old "vestigial organs" argument. And it is as flawed as that.

The truth is that, there exists no vestigial organs or "Junk DNA" in the human body, since human beings did not evolve from other creatures as a result of chance, but were created in their current, complete, and perfect form.

(1) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020830072103.htm