audio, plus favourite Uncommon Descent moments (text, below)
Part 2 5:30 minute mark: “Basically the dolphin genome is almost wholly identical to the human genome, yet no one would argue that bottle-nose dolphins are our sister species”
Also: Some “junk DNA” moments from Uncommon Descent:
Junk DNA: Only 20%? All but 8.2%?
ENCODE adds 1600 data sets
One earlier finding, that there was not much junk DNA in the human genome (80% functional), provoked angry responses from some of Darwin’s followers, who accused it of being an “evolution-free gospel”, though the ENCODE researchers were not motivated by a desire to defend or oppose evolution. (Mega-rant here.) The researchers responded, pointing out that “However, the article by Graur et al. contains assumptions and statements that are questionable.
But the project ploughs ahead. According to The Scientist :
“Junk DNA”’s defender doesn’t “do politeness”?
Wells: Darwinism, science, and “junk DNA”
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Hat tip: Phillip Cunningham