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D N A = Definitely No Accident !
, 2 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Myth of Junk DNA (Paperback)
So much waffle has been spouted about Junk DNA over the past years that it has become a "given" like man-made CO2 = The End Of The World. And, just like the anthropogenic CO2 argument, it has been affected by the Josef Göbbels principal. If you tell a large enough lie loud enough and often enough, most people will eventually believe it. Fortunately for the "most people" there are some people around who challenge the status quo and check things for themselves. Jonathan Wells is one such person. He checks ... And what he has found is that "Junk" DNA is nothing of the sort. What APPEARS to the unthinking observer to be permanently inactive can be observed by the THOROUGH scientist to be active occasionally. At these moments the DNA does the job it was designed to do and then effectively turns off and appears to the dilatory scientist once more to be mere junk. A light switch in a building with the power turned off might appear to be junk when first examined by a Martian but if said Martian was to wait until the circuit was activated and THEN press the switch, it would be seen to have a use. This book is not only informative, it is fun to read and this is a rare combination, entertaining AND educative. I have given him full marks as I did for Icons of Evolution ... because I can't see how anyone could improve on what he has written and he has made me challenge my own thinking and come out the other side of the experience a better - informed and hopefully, wiser person. Thoroughly recommended
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