In 1953, Francis Crick and James Watson won the Nobel Prize for discovering the amazing molecule that is responsible for the development and functioning of every living thing. What they found is known today as deoxyribonucleic acid… a.k.a. DNA.
Within every cell of every living thing on the earth, DNA is the indispensable information storehouse for the highly choreographed manufacturing process in which the right amino acids are linked together with the right bonds in the right sequence to produce the right kind of proteins to build all biological systems. Ever since the 60’s, biologists have recognized that proteins are the product of the assembly instructions stored within DNA. Without DNA there are no proteins… and without proteins, there is NO life.
Even though DNA is microscopic, the information it holds is not. We can barely fathom the amount of information present within the infinitesimal DNA molecule. Scientists tell us that it is roughly 700mb of data. That’s hundreds of books’ worth of information present in something we can’t even see with the naked eye… and this, in every cell!
Stephen Meyer, director of the Center for Science and Culture, compares DNA to a library, where “the organism accesses the information it needs… so it can build its critical components.” And this is no small task. “To build just one protein, you typically need 1,200 to 2,000 bases (nitrogen based pairs) – which is a lot of information.”
The real question is: where does all this vast amount of highly specific information originate? Meyer again: “It’s the critical and foundational question. If you can’t explain where the information comes from, you haven’t explained life, because it’s the information that makes the molecules into something that actually functions.”
Bernd-Olaf Küppers, the author of “Information and the Origin of Life,” agrees: “The question of the origin of life turns out to be the question of the origin of biological information.”
The extent of the problem is this… DNA is comprised of proteins… but without DNA there are no proteins. It is the ultimate “chicken or the egg – which came first?” scenario.
Only… all of life depends upon our answer.
Evolutionary scientists have been suggesting theories for decades (random chance, natural selection, self-ordering, chemical affinities, etc.). But the more we have learned (especially in the realm of cellular biology and molecular genetics), the more those theories end up being scrapped… and others being sought.
What science is telling us is that DNA is really the secret to life – and at the heart of DNA is all the information needed for life.
As we mentioned last week, we constantly observe that information is the always product of intelligence. And when we consider the amount of information and the critical nature of that information to all of life… one conclusion seems obvious.
Someone of great intelligence and power made all of life possible… and made it perpetual through something we cannot even see with our unaided eyes.