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Project to map 70,000 vertebrate genomes already turning up more bad news for “junk DNA”

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After only 25 genomes, along with other interesting discoveries:

The team’s improved accuracy shows that previous genome sequences are seriously incomplete. In the zebra finch, for example, the team found eight new chromosomes and about 900 genes that had been thought to be missing. Previously unknown chromosomes popped up in the platypus as well, as members of the team reported online in Nature earlier this year. The researchers also plowed through, and correctly assembled, long stretches of repetitive DNA, much of which contain just two of the four genetic letters. Some scientists considered these stretches to be non-functional “junk” or “dark matter.” Wrong. Many of the repeats occur in regions of the genome that code for proteins, says Jarvis, suggesting that the DNA plays a surprisingly crucial role in turning genes on or off.

Howard Hughes, “Project to read genomes of all 70,000 vertebrate species reports first discoveries” at ScienceDaily

Wethinks the Darwinians are going to regret junk DNA>

Also:

The new information also may boost efforts to save rare species. “It is a critically important moral duty to help species that are going extinct,” Jarvis says. That’s why the team collected samples from a kākāpō parrot named Jane, part of a captive breeding program that has brought the parrot back from the brink of extinction. In a paper published in the new journal Cell Genomics, of the Cell family of journals, Nicolas Dussex at the University of Otago and colleagues described their studies of Jane’s genes along with other individuals. The work revealed that the last surviving kākāpō population, isolated on an island off New Zealand for the last 10,000 years, has somehow purged deleterious mutations, despite the species’ low genetic diversity. A similar finding was seen for the vaquita, with an estimated 10-20 individuals left on the planet, in a study published in Molecular Ecology Resources, led by Phil Morin at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries in La Jolla, California. “That means there is hope for conserving the species,” Jarvis concludes.

Howard Hughes, “Project to read genomes of all 70,000 vertebrate species reports first discoveries” at ScienceDaily

“The work revealed that the last surviving kākāpō population, isolated on an island off New Zealand for the last 10,000 years, has somehow purged deleterious mutations, despite the species’ low genetic diversity.” Hmm.

Both of the first two papers are open access: Here and here.

8 Replies to “Project to map 70,000 vertebrate genomes already turning up more bad news for “junk DNA”

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    martin_r says:

    Most of the lay public and even some professionals are not aware of the fact, that human genome was never fully sequenced. No, this is no hoax. It is a fact. Actually, NO primate’s genome was fully sequenced ( (e.g. a chimpanzee’s genome). Darwinists compare incomplete genome sequences. It is kind of strange, you compare two species claiming how similar they are, but you are comparing two incomplete DNA sequences. It sounds like a typical Darwinian fraud. ( I know, a Darwinist would say, what we have sequenced so far, is enough to do the comparison … ) But this is not a small number. The missing/unsequenced part of Human DNA is about 9% of the entire genome! About the same for chimpanzee.

    A mainstream article from 2017:

    “Psst, the human genome was never completely sequenced. Some scientists say it should be”

    https://www.statnews.com/2017/06/20/human-genome-not-fully-
    sequenced/#:~:text=%E2%80%9CThe%20human%20genome%20has%20not,early%20advances%20in%20sequencing%20technology.

    Another mainstream article, there seems to be some progress (July 2020):

    “Scientists Move Closer to Mapping Entire Human Genome”

    https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-07-14/scientists-move-closer-to-mapping-entire-human-genome

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    polistra says:

    Real Darwinians wouldn’t feel a “critical moral duty” to spoil natural selection.

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    jerry says:

    70,000 species. Doesn’t seem that many given how much variety there is on the planet.

    This should be able to prove or disprove Darwin. All these species should be able to be put in a tree of life. Then genomes compared for what is different in terms of genes. After gene comparisons there should be evidence in the non coding regions of failure to develop coding genes that appear in like species.

    If there are none, then natural selection is done. Or if there are such non coding similar gene sequences then it’s alive and still a potential mechanism. One way or the other the research will settle the issue.

    This species is a parrot. All the birds should be looked at to verify the Grants claim it takes 32 million years to form a new bird species.

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    kairosfocus says:

    Jerry, note here https://www.currentresults.com/Environment-Facts/Plants-Animals/number-species.php 70k is a round up on the number of vertebrate species currently classified, of 1.7 million overall, dominated by insects at over 1 mn. Number of plants etc grows significantly year by year. KF

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    jerry says:

    70k is a round up on the number of vertebrate species currently classified,

    This is smaller than i thought. If complete genomes for all are soon/now available then proving/disproving natural selection is just a computer program away.

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    Bob O'H says:

    All the birds should be looked at to verify the Grants claim it takes 32 million years to form a new bird species.

    Just in case anyone was wondering, this isn’t what the Grants claimed. It’s also not what was claimed in the paper (from the 1970s) that the number comes from.

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    jerry says:

    It is what the Grants claimed. It’s there for the listening.

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    Pearlman says:

    Nice, but still deep-time biased. The science on the chronology is disputed, recalibrate on the assumption that population assigned 10k year (just after the end of The ice ages) was in actuality 3780 years, the approx end of The ice ages, based on the tighter chronology and higher probability science, and far stronger recorded traditions. Also factor in ‘founder effect’. Reference Pearlman YeC Framework for Torah testimony and science alignment.

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