Key gene in development of celiac disease has been found in ‘junk’ DNA
40% of the population carry the main risk factor for celiac disease but only 1% develop the disease. A newly found gene that influences its development has been found in what until recently has been known as ‘junk’ DNA. Celiac disease is a chronic, immunological disease that is manifested as intolerance to gluten proteins present in wheats to an inflammatory reaction in the small intestine that hampers the absorption of nutrients. The only treatment is a strict, life-long, gluten-free diet.
This study confirms the importance of the regions of the genome previously regarded as ‘junk’ in the development of common complaints such as celiac disease and opens up the door to a new possibility for diagnosis. More. Paper. (paywall)
Note: The neo-Darwinian claim about “junk DNA” was that it does nothing (like the claimed vestigial organs), not that it was harmful. This study shows that Inc13 does something … harmful. So it is more a hazard than a pile of junk. We’ve lots to learn.
See also: Blocking “junk” DNA can prevent stroke damage
Darwin lobby reviewer: Junk DNA “helps creationists” (Actually, knowing the facts helps everybody.)
Follow UD News at Twitter!