Oxygen Separates Good DNA From Junk DNA

Majid Ali, M.D.

I offer this brief article to provide readers a crucial context when reading articles about the value of DNA in medical matters.


Is any DNA really junk? If so, much of DNA is junk, DNA that is of no value whatsoever.

The debate rages on. In January, 2015, at a health care conference in San Francisco, someone asked Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, to comment on junk DNA. “We don’t use that term anymore,” Collins replied. When Collins’ Twitter turned viral, Michael Eisen, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, tweeted back with a profanity. Elegant scientific discourse, isn’t it?


So I return to the question: Is any DNA really junk? How can anyone know what DNA threads are useful and what are not until everything about DNA is known? Until then, I think all talk about good and junk DNA is frivolous. So, then, what can we make of the title of this article? Since nature chose oxygen to drive all aspects of human evolution—I have not discovered any evidence against it—I m content in letting oxygen lead the way for us humans. Simple enough! At least for me.


Oxygen, Ihave thought for some decades, is the ether—the ever-present, ever-sustaining, ever-reshaping substance—is which many astute observers of the natural order of life throughout history have wondered about and searched for painstakingly. So it seems prudent to let oxygen adjudicate what is junk DNA and what is not.

Oxygen, I find, always sides with my friend, Charles Robert Darwin. “Great is the power of steady misrepresentation,” he wrote in 1872 in the sixth edition of his Origin of Species.

Steady misrepresentation! How did the old master know so much about the minds of doctors of our time?


Suggested Readings:

* Oxygen and Aging (my book available at www.aliacademy.org)

* Dr. Ali’s Oxygen Course (free at this site)

* Articles in the category entitled “Oxygen Models of Diseases” at this site.

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