Scientists Say We Are Not Junk

It is always good not to think of ourselves as junk, but over the last several decades scientist have concluded that a part of us is junk. This statement was made because as far as geneticist could tell, out of 3 billion bases in our DNA, less than 2 percent actually manufactured the proteins making up the human body. The assumption was that 98 percent was apparently useless and discarded as a byproduct of an evolutionary process. Francis Crick, one of the original discovers of the DNA double helix, said these seemingly unused bases in our genome (genome is the complete set of all our genes contained in each of our cells), could be considered “little better than junk” and for scientist to hunt for any beneficial use of this part of the DNA would be “folly.” (World Magazine Oct 6, 2012 pg. 36)

Well, as we know, time often tells everything, and one thing about the world God created, the more we uncover, the more it points back to Him. God is ok with putting things under the microscope, and a group of scientists did as part of a project called ENCODE. They discovered in their research that “At least 80 percent of human DNA – perhaps more – is biochemically active” thus debunking the “junk” theory. (World Magazine Oct 6, 2012 pg. 36)

This should come as no surprise as God tells us in His word in Genesis 2:7 “formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” We are simply too “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) to be a product of chance. Our DNA proves it. Isn’t it wonderful to know that no part of us is junk, and that we have a loving heavenly Father who created us and cares for us?  I think so!

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