Reasons to Believe

Junk DNA

  • Scientific Upset: More Functions for Pseudogenes

    During the course of the football season, sports pundits fill the airwaves with predictions about the outcome of games to be played each week. Little agreement exists, and when the prognosticators do … more

  • Does Retroviral DNA Insert Randomly into Genomes?

    From Ryan in Shimane, Japan:

    Recently I have seen more and more atheists using an argument from retroviral insertion as proof that mankind evolved from a common ancestor.

    The argument usually states … more

  • Transposons Move the Case for Design Ahead

    We live in a mobile society. People move around from city to city and state to state. Often, new career opportunities or the wish to live in a particularly desirable part of the country prompt the … more

  • The Human Genome: Useful and Beautiful

    “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris

    The blogosphere is replete with advice for taming clutter and … more

  • ENCODED By Design

    Video Url: http://c450255.r55.cf2.rackcdn.com/encode.mp4

    Dr. Fuz Rana reports on phase 2 of the Encode project, biochemical research that he calls the most important of his lifetime.

    UPDATE June 2013: This updated version of Dr. Rana's talk includes … more

  • Anticipating the Future of Science and Faith

    The start of a new year provides opportunities to remember, but most of all it’s a time to look forward. What do we feel when we face the horizon of the future—hope or dread?

    Though the … more

  • Encode DNA Project May Revolutionize Biology

    Watch the video summary on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqcgM9cGxik You might have seen- NBC News, New DNA project shows us living beyond our genes, Sep 05, 2012; … more

  • Junk DNA: Human-Chimp Differences

    Science Daily, "'Junk DNA' Defines Differences Between Humans and Chimps" Oct 25, 2011; www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111025122615.htm more

  • Special Sequences in Pseudogenes

    NBCI.gov, "Export and stability of naturally intronless mRNAs require specific coding region sequences and the TREX mRNA export complex" Oct 18, 2011; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22010220 more

  • Hidden in Plain Sight

    I have a tendency to lose my reading glasses. Yet (with my husband’s help), I usually discover that they are in plain sight. Researchers may have felt like this recently when they discovered … more

  • Functional Pseudogenes Are Everywhere!

    Klondike Kat was a particular favorite. As a wildcat serving in the Canadian Mounties, Klondike Kat squared-off against his nemesis, a French-Canadian mouse named Savoir-Faire. After committing a … more

  • “Junk” DNA: An Outdated Concept, Part 6 (of 6)

    I started this article series by retelling an evolutionist’s claim that the existence of Alu elements in the human genome is proof of evolution. His hypothesis could be stated as follows: … more

  • “Junk” DNA: An Outdated Concept, Part 5 (of 6)

    For the last four weeks, this article series has detailed the junk DNA argument against intelligent design and shown why this argument no longer holds water. Last week, I focused exclusively on … more