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The Myth of Junk DNA Paperback – May 31, 2011
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About the Author
Jonathan Wells has received two Ph.D.s, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California. Dr. Wells is also the author of Charles Hodge's Critique of Darwinism (Edwin Mellen Press, 1988), Icons of Evolution: Why much of what we teach about evolution is wrong (Regnery Publishing, 2000), and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design (Regnery, 2006).
Top Customer Reviews
But what if so-called "junk DNA" is not junk at all? In this meticulously documented book, molecular biologist Jonathan Wells (previous author of Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong) presents a growing flood of research that is showing the widespread functionality of DNA previously dismissed by leading Darwinists as little more than genetic garbage. For non-scientists, some of the detail provided here may be tough-sledding. But Wells does his best to make things clear even for those who may not have a detailed understanding of modern genetics, and his book includes a helpful glossary of key terms as well as 17 black and white illustrations. Chapter 9 provides a useful (and understandable!) summary of the case for functionality in "junk DNA." For scientifically-inclined readers, Wells' careful distillation in Chapters 3-8 of hundreds of recent journal articles documenting various functions for so-called "junk DNA" will be extremely valuable.
Apart from the cutting-edge science contained here, this book will be eye-opening to many people for exposing in Chapter 2 just how outdated and slipshod many "leading" evolutionists have been in their claims about "junk DNA," including figures like Francis Collins, Jerry Coyne at the University of Chicago, John Avise at the University of California, Philip Kitcher at Columbia University, Ken Miller at Brown University, and Michael Shermer at Scientific American.
The bulk of Well's latest book is a summation of hundreds of articles dealing with the non protein coding portions of DNA. Indeed, the small print endnotes to the book make up more than a quarter of its total pages. But in general, Wells finds two lines of evidence that these DNA sequences are indeed functional. The first is that these sequences are ultra conserved, both in humans and other animals. If they were truly non-functional, we would expect that they would gradually deteriorate and be subject to a greater number of mutations than the DNA which we know to be functional. But in fact, this is not the case.Read more ›
Well, first of all, I didn't know the author was a proponent of 'intelligent design'. So that was something of a surprise when I first cracked the book's pages. However, for those who might be turned off of the book for this simple fact, I think that the majority of the book will be appreciated by anyone simply interested in the topic. Except for a few parts where he states his thoughts on ID and problems with neo-Darwinism (some of which I actually agree with), his main purpose is simply to summarize the latest research into 'non-coding' DNA. And he does a great job at that. The chapters are clearly written, concise, well-organized, and fascinating to the extreme. You'll be left with no doubt that junk DNA is no junk and that DNA in general is more complex and mysterious than you ever thought (well, that was my reaction!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
want more!!!! his references to real work/experiments is bar none excellent. His logical conclusions holds to the evidence
Starts out with a seemingly sensible accounting of the topic of Junk DNA, but quickly declines into an illogical mess of arguments in support of anti-evolutionary "Intelligent... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is another belief-based attack on evolution from one of the current incarnations of creationism (the "Discovery Institute"). Read morePublished 8 months ago by James H. Thomas
Excellent info on the deception and distortions of darwinian evolutionistsPublished 10 months ago by Richard B. Sorensen
Amazing read. Takes a more neutral stance than most anti neo Darwin books.Published 11 months ago by Cooper Lee Eyre
Another excellent book illustrating the the complexity of cellular function and the biological impossibility that such obvious design mechanisms could have happened by a random... Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Lightsey
If you for any reason are inclined to think that the term "junk DNA" is ill-advised, this is a very good book to read and consider.Published 15 months ago by Tom Tilton
Good presentation of the evidence for design in DNA, and more, but he gets very detailed. You really need to focus to follow the arguments and presentation of the facts - it helps... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Speach60