Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Intelligent Information & Instruction

Going back to Romans 1:20: "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse"

God said he's made himself known through what can be seen. When that was written they didn't have the technology to make the tiny parts of living things, like DNA, visible. Until humans figured out (with their incredible brains) how to magnify to the bizillionth, those things couldn't point us to a creator. But now we can see them. And now they can point us.

When researching DNA and genes, the words that keep coming up are: information, instructions, and code. Here are some examples:
"The information in DNA is stored as a code made up of four chemical bases: adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C), and thymine (T). Human DNA consists of about 3 billion bases, and more than 99 percent of those bases are the same in all people. The order, or sequence, of these bases determines the information available for building and maintaining an organism, similar to the way in which letters of the alphabet appear in a certain order to form words and sentences." citation
"DNA is a nucleic acid containing the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms (with the exception of RNA viruses). The DNA segments carrying this genetic information are called genes. Likewise, other DNA sequences have structural purposes, or are involved in regulating the use of this genetic information." citation
"The genetic code is the set of rules by which information encoded in genetic material (DNA or mRNA sequences) is translated into proteins (amino acid sequences) by living cells." citation
 This one uses the analogy of a recipe:
"If you imagine your DNA as a cookbook, then your genes are the recipes. Written in the DNA alphabet - A, T, C, and G - the recipes tell your cells how to function and what traits to express. For example, if you have curly hair, it is because the genes you inherited from your parents are instructing your hair follicle cells to make curly strands."
There are lots of definitions for information, but they all contain the idea of knowledge communicated or received. Instructions are a set of knowledge given, or guidelines for using knowledge. A code is a systematic pattern.

The genetic code is complete with start and stop patterns, which just blows me away! We can compare it to the start and stop tags in HTML. For example, angle bracket (<) p angle bracket (>) begins a paragraph, and angle bracket (<) forward slash (/) p angle bracket (>) ends the paragraph. Those two tags cause the HTML reader to show the information between the tags as its own paragraph.

So, a linear pattern (code) of systematically organized amino acids, complete with specific patterns that denote the beginning and end of a sequence, is "written" into our cells to provide information and instruct the cells on how to use that information. What??? And that was a random accident? If scientists didn't start with the priori assumption that everything in the natural world came about by natural means, they would never look at such a complex code and say that it organized itself. Not only that it organized itself, but that it did so in increasingly complex sequences, all by accident.

Information, instruction and code all point to intelligence. A programmer. A creator.  The Creator wants to make himself known to us, and he starts with what he created, right down to the teeny, tiniest parts of life.


Names of God - I
I Am * Immanuel * Intercessor

7 comments:

  1. That is a good and interesting way of explaining DNA code. I never did know what the letters were.

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    1. I learned at one point. It was nice to rediscover all this stuff.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Enjoyed the DNA lesson. You present a compelling argument.
    I thought of using DNA for my D is for ... in the AtoZ Challenge but everything I read sounded too challenging to paraphrase in a blog post.
    http://gail-baugniet.blogspot.com Theme: A World of Crime

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    1. DNA is very hard to understand. I read so much, then spent a lot of time trying to simplify it. But just like DNA itself, the explanations are complex even at their most simple

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  3. The creation is just amazing. Thanks for sharing this.

    Nice to meet you, and I hope you're enjoying the Challenge!

    KarenG
    A to Z Challenge Host

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