When I was at college ten years ago, my evolutionist professors were always touting the human genome project as providing the greatest evidence yet for evolution. They claimed that the noncoding DNA that made up the majority of the human genome was evolutionary leftovers that proved our common origins with other species. They would find supposed “mistakes” and mutations in noncoding DNA that was identical in humans and other various animals, presumably proving that we had a common ancestor.
Of course, as a young Earth Creationist, I came to the conclusion that these “mistakes” were not really mistakes, and that the “junk” DNA was not really junk. According to my belief system, the reason why God put the identical DNA in various different species, is because it is useful to all of them.
The latest research seems to back me up. The Encyclopedia of DNA Elements Project, nicknamed Encode, has produced new data showing that much of this “junk” DNA is very active and influential in our biology. Scientists are discovering thousands of previously unknown “switches” in the uncoding DNA that control or influence the operation of the coding DNA. The initial analysis is that nearly 80% of all DNA appears to have a purpose, and I expect that number to climb once more research is done.
This new, radical change in outlook on the human genome front is sure to effect the intelligent Design Debate. Once again, it shows that scientists have underestimated the complexity of the human body. The more we learn about the human genome, the more we will see that it is a carefully designed code that could not have possibly been created and calibrated by as crude a mechanism as natural selection.
It is the handiwork of an incredibly skilled God.