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Claim CB130:

So-called junk DNA is not really junk. Functions have been found for noncoding DNA which was previously thought to be junk, and we cannot be sure that the rest of the junk DNA is not functional as well.


Behe, Michael J., 2003. A functional pseudogene?: An open letter to Nature.


  1. It has long been known that some noncoding DNA has important functions. (This was known even before the phrase "junk DNA" was coined.) However, there is good evidence that much DNA has no function:


EvoWiki, 2004. Junk DNA.


  1. Nóbrega, Marcelo A., Yiwen Zhu, Ingrid Plajzer-Frick, Veena Afzal and Edward M. Rubin, 2004. Megabase deletions of gene deserts result in viable mice. Nature 431: 988-993.

Further Reading:

Knight, J., 2002. Evolutionary genetics: All genomes great and small. Nature 417: 374-376,

CHI, 2003. DNA glossary. (registration required)
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