One of the claims of ancient astronaut theorists is that the “non-coding” DNA in the human genome is alien — allegedly proving the intervention of extraterrestrials in human evolution in the ancient past. It’s a wonderful non sequitur: “Some of this DNA doesn’t appear to have a function; therefore, it came from aliens.” [Sigh]. Well, at least it’s not as laughable as the archaeological nonsense.
Given the claim, I like to periodically post articles where real scientists working in the relevant fields are discovering that non-coding (“junk”) DNA really does turn out to have a function. I came across another example today:
I’ll add it to my archive of these stories.