Joe Felsenstein has been a vigorous advocate of evolutionism. [Oddly, in creationist circles, he is actually revered as are many Darwinists geneticists.] He has defended evolutionism passionately almost all his life. His textbooks are the bread and butter of Nick Matzke and WD400’s understanding of phylogeny, but a new development from fellow scientists at University of Washing could make Joe’s defense of evolutionism much harder.
Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease.
Genome scientist Dr. John Stamatoyannopolous led a team that discovered a second code hidden in DNA.
A research team led by Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington associate professor of genome sciences and of medicine, made the discovery. The findings are reported in the Dec. 13 issue of Science. The work is part of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements Project, also known as ENCODE. The National Human Genome Research Institute funded the multi-year, international effort. ENCODE aims to discover where and how the directions for biological functions are stored in the human genome.
Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed that it was used exclusively to write information about proteins. UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages. One describes how proteins are made, and the other instructs the cell on how genes are controlled. One language is written on top of the other, which is why the second language remained hidden for so long.
“For over 40 years we have assumed that DNA changes affecting the genetic code solely impact how proteins are made,” said Stamatoyannopoulos. “Now we know that this basic assumption about reading the human genome missed half of the picture. These new findings highlight that DNA is an incredibly powerful information storage device, which nature has fully exploited in unexpected ways.”
But the multi-language in DNA is already old news to some. For example Dr. Cornelius Hunter reported here. And beyond that, several at the Cornell conference demonstrated why Darwinism fails as an explanation for DNA with multiple meanings since a mutation which conforms to poly constrained DNA cannot be found and fixed by selection even in principle. See: here.