Getting Rid of the Trash
Psalm 139:15: "My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth."
Years ago, evolutionary scientists labeled 180 human organs, such as the appendix, as vestiges left over from evolution. The fact is they did not know the function these organs actually served. Since that time, it has been learned that all of these organs have useful functions and have nothing to do with evolution.
Now a similar situation is shaping up with DNA. As scientists learned what the different segments of DNA do, they also found segments that appeared to have no function. These segments have often been referred to as "junk DNA". Predictably, evolutionists have suggested that these apparently useless segments of DNA are left over from our evolutionary history. Now researchers at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, have discovered that they may have a function after all. They were studying early mammalian development in fertilized mouse eggs and early embryos. As they traced the genes at work in these early stages of development, they discovered that about 10 percent of the so-called "junk DNA" was actively making protein during the first cell divisions of the egg. Further research is planned.
Like the so-called vestigial organs, at least some so-called "junk DNA" has a purpose and has nothing to do with evolution. Once again, as ignorance is replaced with knowledge, we gain a greater appreciation of what our Creator has made.
Prayer: Father, I thank You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by Your loving design. Amen.
Notes: Science News, 10/16/04, p. 243, C. Brownlee, "Trash to Treasure." See also: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/19/139757702/dont-throw-it-out-junk-dna-essential-in-evolution (August 2011)
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