Discovery of “the Language of Life”
Biochemist and spiritual skeptic, Francis Crick, along with James Watson co-discovered in 1953 the “secret of life” when he discovered the chemical and molecular structure of DNA. This molecule is where the instructions for building proteins were encoded and for this discovery, he and a colleague shared the Nobel Prize. What Francis Crick and James D. Watson discovered is the now-famous double helix of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), where the “language of life” is stored.1 This made it seem also that the advance of evolutionary science was able to identify “mutations” (instead of Darwin’s label of “variations”) as being the true raw material of evolution.2
The National Institutes of Health Stem Cell Research section describes DNA as a chemical found primarily in the nucleus of cells. DNA carries the instructions or blueprint for making all the structures and materials the body needs to function. 3
This description obviously begs the question, who designed the blueprint? The answer cannot be chance, natural selection, mutation or any other naturalistic combination thereof can account for this library of biochemical information that serves as the blueprint for the building blocks for all living things.
Subsequent studies have uncovered the enormous complexity of the DNA molecule. If just one DNA molecule was to be formed, it would have to have a minimum of 300 amino acids within it. These amino acids would require a minimum of 18,000 letters coming into the correct position in the DNA strand, all in perfect order. The odds of this occurring naturally are calculated to be 1/418,000 or the same as one person winning the national Powerball Lottery every day for 365 days consecutively. 4
1- George Gaylord Simpson, The Meaning of Evolution (Cambridge, MA: Harvard U.
Press, 1967) p. 345.
2- Thomas Woodward, Op.Cit., p.35.
3- National Institutes of Health Glossary. Located at http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/glossary.asp
4- Carl Werner, Evolution: The Grand Experiment (Green Forest, AR: New Leaf Press, 2007) p.196-197.