As we told you in Discoveroids’ Christmas Gift: A Coppedge Story, the Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page — are posting a year-end extravaganza touting their Top Ten accomplishments for the year 2012.
They’ve been working their way up from the bottom, and we’ve skipped most of them. The only two we’ve mentioned are the one about Coppedge — a case they lost — and the one about Tennessee’s new creationism law. That was a giant step backwards for science education, and therefore a great victory for the Discoveroids.
Today they’ve finally announced their Number One triumph — this is the biggie: ENCODE Project Buries “Junk DNA”. They say, with bold font added by us and their links omitted:
We will have more to say about these blockbuster findings from ENCODE researchers in coming days, but for now, let’s simply observe that it provides a stunning vindication of the prediction of intelligent design that the genome will turn out to have mass functionality for so-called “junk” DNA. ENCODE researchers use words like “surprising” or “unprecedented.” They talk about how “human DNA is a lot more active than we expected.” But under an intelligent design paradigm, none of this is surprising. In fact, it is exactly what ID predicted.
It’s extremely amusing that this is their best story — because it’s all about nothing. We’ve explained that before, for example, see: The Intelligent Designer’s Latest Triumph, and also ICR Goes Ape Over the ENCODE Research.
Nevertheless, the Discoveroids continue to cavort around, celebrating their “prediction” that the genome contains no junk at all — which is far from the case. Unfortunately for their claims about the perfect handiwork of their magical Designer — blessed be he! — there’s overwhelming evidence that DNA isn’t a lean, mean, intelligently designed machine.
As we’ve written before, A Japanese Plant Has the World’s Biggest Genome. That plant’s genome is 50 times longer than the genome of a human being. Also, the amoeba has a genome far larger than ours. So how can it be that there’s no junk in DNA? Not only that, but there’s an even more recent discovery — the genome of the Christmas tree is being decoded. See Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed. PhysOrg reports:
How big is a conifer genome? Consider the towering Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City. It’s a Norway spruce, so its genome is six times bigger than that of anybody skating below it. Other conifer genomes are even larger.
Anyone who claims that DNA is perfectly designed has a lot of explaining to do. And if the “failure” of junk DNA is the Discoveroids’ top story for the year, then they’ve got nothing — nothing at all. But you already knew that.
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