Jonathan McLatchie (Jonathan M) is the latest creationist to attempt a defense of the home team. He concentrates on defending the Intelligent Design Creationist position on junk DNA [A Response to Paul McBride on Junk DNA].
On this topic (junk DNA), the IDiots make a lot of errors. One of them is to deliberately conflate "junk DNA" and "noncoding DNA" so that when they come up with evidence for function in noncoding DNA they can tout this as evidence against junk DNA. This error is so pervasive in the IDiot literature that Paul McBride even predicted that Casey Luskin would make this mistake in the book.
Here's how Jonathan McLatchie responds ..
In his review, McBride notes that he had predicted that Luskin would "conflate non-coding DNA and junk DNA, and that Luskin would exploit this erroneous conflation by pointing to known functions of non-coding DNA as evidence against junk DNA."Good for you, Jonathan McLatchie. You seem to be one of the few Intelligent Design Creationists who pay attention to the science. But now you need to go one step farther. You need to acknowledge that your colleagues are dead wrong. Casey Luskin, a lawyer, gets it wrong quite often but what about Jonathan Wells who wrote a whole book on the subject?
Of course, no one today (including the likes of Larry Moran, PZ Myers and T. Ryan Gregory) denies that at least some non-protein-coding DNA serves important functions. The term "junk DNA" was first coined in 1972 in a paper by Susumu Ohno. Although Ohno believed that the vast majority of the DNA that didn't code for proteins was "the remains of nature's experiments which failed," Ohno suggested that "these silent DNA base sequences may now be serving the useful but negative function of spacing [genes]."
I'd like just once to see all these references where all these researchers are saying that if DNA does not code for a protein then it is junk.As stated above, no credible scientist claims that all non-coding DNA is "junk."
Jonathan Wells on his book, The Myth of Junk DNA – yes, it is a Darwinist myth and he nails it as such].
Denyse O'Leary: So, for those who dropped science after Grade Ten, what is junk/non-coding DNA?Oops! Jonathan Wells says that some biologists referred to all noncoding DNA as junk but McLatchie admits that this is not true.
Jonathan Wells: “Non-coding” in this context means “non-protein-coding.” An important function of our DNA is to specific the sequences of subunits (amino acids) in the proteins that (along with other types of molecules) make up our bodies. When molecular biologists discovered in the 1970s that about 98% of our DNA does not code for proteins, some biologists called non-protein-coding DNA “junk.”
Those two need to have a talk. It's what honest people do.