T. Ryan Gregory has posted a transcript of a BBC Radio 4 programme featuring ENCODE’s Ewan Birney – he discusses the 80% functional genome flap (BBC interview with Ewan Birney | Genomicron). You can hear the original broadcast. It’s just a shame they puffed up the 80% claim in the first place.
Those of us who are biologists with interests in genetics and genome biology were somewhat taken aback by ENCODE’s claim last year that around 80% of the human genome was functional, a claim that flew in the face of evidence that a very large proportion had no known function, and was regarded as ‘junk’. That
From Stars to Stalagmites – How everything connects World Scientific 2012 ISBN 13 978 981 4324 97 7 Paul S. Braterman* I am a pretty avid reader of popular science books, but generally speaking I’ve mostly read books with a general emphasis on biology, particularly evolutionary biology. From Stars to Stalagmites is therefore a bit
This link arrived via the HHMI Twitter feed – Sean R. Eddy’s FAQ on Junk DNA: The C-value paradox, junk DNA, and ENCODE. The HHMI tweet refers to this as an upcoming Current Biology article. It’s a spectacularly clear and lucid exposition in a historical context of what junk DNA is. It clearly explains why
I see the ignorant, stupid, devious and downright dishonest within the creationist cohorts have been joined by the Centre For Intelligent Design, which is delighted by the junk DNA misinformation circulating in the media. I received an email from C4ID’s Dr Alastair Noble: Who would have thought it? ‘Junk’ DNA, the widely-promoted ‘killer’ argument for
One of the recurring modes adopted by Intelligent Design creationists is to adopt the strategy whereby an example of a complex biological system is looked at and it is decided that evolution cannot explain its origin. We see this enshrined in bogus concepts such as ‘irreducible complexity’, ‘specified functional information’ and the like. By claiming
The British Humanist Association reveals why the Everyday Champions Church’s bid for a Free School was rejected (Everyday Champions Church Free School bid rejected due to creationism). As the title of that blog article indicates, it was pretty much down to the ECC’s stance on creationism. The Church’s leader, Pastor Gareth Morgan, made it pretty
Recently Larry Moran (Sandwalk) has been working his way through Jonathan Wells’ latest literary effort, The Myth of Junk DNA. The latest installment is Sandwalk: Junk & Jonathan: Part 8—Chapter 5. Dr Dr Wells, of course, is the Discovery Institute Fellow who is one of the speakers at C4ID’s secret summer school this year (actually