A massive GWAS (genome-wide association study), the ENCODE study, has just published the first draft of, basically, Google Maps for the human genome. One of the first exciting findings: it turns out that much of the 97% of so of the genome that doesn't directly code for proteins does actually have a role in determining transcription. This goes a long way to explaining many of the recently compiled evidence for how non-coding entities like copy-number variants (CNVs) can affect disease states like schizophrenia.
This is not only fascinating, it's exciting in terms of the potential for biomedical research. Unfortunately I can't help but imagine the creationists rubbing their hands with glee and getting ready to say things like "See? You secular biologists doubt the genius of the Lord's creation but there's a reason for everything." Nature does often nest function in ways that aren't immediately obvious. But hold on there Tex - before any of you creationists get too excited: why do you always have to wait for those secular biologists to make the discoveries? Why can't you seem to get your sh*t together enough to be the ones making these discoveries, instead of always spinning stories after the fact?
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