One of the most intriguing areas of research could be found in Eukaryotes which genomes contain many intragenic regions, commonly known as introns. Sophisticated DNA-transcribing machinery cuts into this area so that true gene sections can be spliced together. Introns can vary from 20 base pairs to over 500,000 and is currently considered for the most part as “meaningless junk” but the winds of change are knocking at it’s front door!
Could this be a test case for the explanatory power of intelligent design vs evolution? This would be a great opportunity for creation scientists who have a different outlook than those who have embraced evolution. This research can also be easily compared to “junk DNA” as stated in science daily…
Tiny strands of RNA previously dismissed as cellular junk are actually very stable molecules that may play significant roles in cellular processes, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.”
Jumping to conclusions is something commonly practiced in the hypothesis of evolution. Sometimes it’s the result of justifying the funding or other things. Although some have argued they never jumped to a conclusion with junk DNA only re-defined the word “junk” to non-function. However, those two terms mean the same thing. Now we are seeing similar labels and a beginning of reversals with introns…
“The sequences of nonsense DNA that interrupt genes could be far more important to the evolution of genomes than previously thought, according to a recent Science report by Indiana University Bloomington and University of New Hampshire biologists.”
“Their study of the model organism Daphnia pulex (water flea) is the first to demonstrate the colonization of a single lineage by “introns,” as the interrupting sequences are known.”
For evolutionary scientists, how it evolved is less important than “it did evolve” one way or another over long periods of time. This what they consider progress in science. Just like junk DNA, introns may appear as nonsense to us right now but it’s role could have a purpose in prevention genetic catastrophes in the whole scheme of it’s design.