Body’s Junk Is Useful Stuff

first_imgWhat’s the difference between junk and stuff?  The jokester replies that stuff is the junk you throw away, and junk is the stuff you keep.  When it comes to stuff in your body that scientists have called junk, you had better keep all of it, because your life may depend on it.Junk DNA:  The term “junk DNA” sounds so last-millennium these days.  An article on PhysOrg is one among many that have claimed “‘Junk’ DNA Proves Functional.”  Repetitive strands, seemingly lacking in information, have been shown to be crucial either in regulating genes or providing binding sites for RNA transcription machines.Junk Brain Cells:  Glia cells outnumber the more fashionable neurons in the brain.  They have been relegated to junky roles like scaffolding.  Not any more: Science Daily reported that “Without Glial Cells, Animal Lose Their Senses.”  It appears that glial cells pull the strings behind the scenes like a skilled marionette artist.  This effect is even seen in little bitty roundworms.  Subjects without glia lost the ability to maintain their shape, respond to odors and absorb certain dyes.  “The results were striking,” when glial cells were removed from a worm’s amphid, a sensory organ containing glia and neurons.  “The absence of glia affected at least one of these three properties in each of the neurons, suggesting that glia not only regulate all of these properties but that they specifically regulate them in different neurons.”Not all body parts are essential for survival.  Humans could probably get by without fingernails or color vision.  It was once popular to list all the apparently nonfunctional structures in the human body as useless leftovers of our evolutionary past.  The list has dropped to near zero today, though some evolutionists continue the tradition.  But if a structure proves to have a purpose, even a small one, at any stage in life, the reason for calling it “junk” evaporates.  We probably all have some junk we can safely dispose of, though: excess body fat.Hang on to your stuff they’re calling junk – some day they may change their mind and call it good stuff.  The default position in biology should be that if it’s there, it’s needed.  That position fits perfectly well with intelligent design.  Considering that evolutionists once thought your pituitary gland, coccyx and tonsils were vestigial organs, their position can be considered dangerous.  Their latest entries in the evolutionary junk bin, glia and non-coding DNA, have now been relabeled as functional.  ID has had a steady winning streak in this game.  Wiggle your ears if you agree.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sunny Deol names ‘representative’ for Gurdaspur

first_imgSunny Deol, BJP Parliamentarian from Punjab’s Gurdaspur, has stoked a controversy by appointing a “representative” to attend meetings and follow up important matters on his behalf. Opposition parties have termed the move an insult to voters. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party criticised Mr. Deol’s decision on Tuesday, accusing him of making a “mockery of democracy.”Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said in a democracy the voter is always right. “It’s their choice. One has to accept it. Even his voters knew they had it coming. Actually, they perhaps never expected anything more than a selfie with him,” said Mr. Jakhar. “What more can be expected of him? He himself admitted during canvassing that he didn’t know anything about politics. His voters probably never expected him to shift his base to Gurdaspur. You reap what you sow,” he told, The Hindu.AAP’s Harpal Singh Cheema, leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, said it was absurd for a “public representative” to appoint a “representative.”“It’s an insult to democracy. Mr. Deol’s decision goes to show his lack of seriousness towards the people of his constituency. He is trying to delegate his powers, but he needs to understand this is not the way things work in a democracy. Why did he contest election if he cannot serve his constituency?” wondered Mr. Cheema. “People have elected Sunny Deol and not someone he would like to appoint,” he said.Mr. Deol had recently issued a statement on his official letter-head, appointing his close aide Gurpreet Singh Palheri as his representative. “I hereby appoint Gurpreet Singh Palheri, son of Supinder Singh, resident of village Palheri, district Mohali, Punjab, as my representative to attend meetings and follow important matters pertaining to my Parliamentary constituency, Gurdaspur (Punjab), with concerned authorities,” read the letter dated June 26.‘A non-issue’The actor-turned-politician, meanwhile, said it was unfortunate that a controversy being created out of a non-issue. “I have appointed a personal assistant to represent my office in Gurdaspur. This appointment has been made to ensure smooth flow of work whenever I am out of Gurdaspur to attend Parliament or travelling on work. The intention is merely to ensure that no work is disrupted or delayed due to any reason whatsoever and to keep myself updated on a daily basis,” he tweeted from his official Twitter handle.He added that as an MP he was genuinely committed to the cause of Gurdaspur.last_img read more