I feel better already!
What turned the tide? Junk DNA, my friends junk DNA.
Read all about it:
1972: 98% of our DNA is junk -- just as we would expect if our bodies (and ourselves) are nothing more than the product of uncreated natural chemical processes + dumb luck!
Darwin is proved correct and creationists are sucky-pants!
And boy, are we dumb -- 98% dumb, dumb, dumb. I'm a Darwinist, and I'm full of dumb!
"Junk DNA, a term that was introduced in 1972 by Susumu Ohno, was a provisional label for the portions of a genome sequence for which no discernible function had been identified."
In other words, the term was the result of our epistemological limitations -- what we did not know, not what we did know. And it was used to great propaganda effect by Darwinists.
"According to a 1980 review in Nature by Leslie Orgel and Francis Crick, junk DNA has "little specificity and conveys little or no selective advantage to the organism".
1980 still going strong!
2010: "The term is currently, however, a somewhat outdated concept, being used mainly in popular science and in a colloquial way in scientific publications...
Outdated concept? Outdated by what? By discoveries that a lot of what was dismissed under darwinian assumptions as junk isn't junk -- and it's getting less junky by the day.
And what effect did labelling this stuff as junk have?
"... , and may have slowed research into the biological functions of noncoding DNA."
And that's a shame.
If intelligent design were the reigning scientific theory, it would have served the science community just as well -- better, even. And scientists would have declared their theory once again vindicated by directed effort that had demonstrated that discernible functions had indeed been found for this DNA -- as expected by the theory.
Darwinism is both lens and blinder.
But, fellow darwinists, this by no means undermines our darwinism -- based as it is, like Darwin, more on a preferred materialistic worldview than actual reality and our interaction with actual reality via the powerful but finite tool of science.
And that's the way the newly minted darwinian Ball bounces.