Thursday, May 28, 2009

Evolution: Master Molecular Architect (and fact)

Evolutionist Nick Lane claims DNA as one of evolution's ten great inventions. Evolutionists think nothing of such a claim. After all evolution, if true, invented pretty much everything. And if evolution did invent DNA, it was quite a feat for the know-nothing mechanic. The double helix, for instance, is delicately held together by hydrogen bonds which are precisely placed and aimed.

The double helix can be opened up so the information inside can be accessed, or conversely it is often tightly compacted for storage. In fact, if all the DNA in your body was stretched out it would reach to the moon and back many thousands of times. Nice job.

Billions of years ago, before there were mammals, amphibians, plants, fish or any multi cellular life forms, phenomenal genome compaction mechanisms must have evolved into place, and then persisted unchanged ever after. Evolution, somehow and for some reason, luckily produced these incredibly elaborate and complex compaction mechanisms for unicellular life forms, and it turned out they were just the thing for millions of far more complex species. Quite a feat.

Then there is the replication of DNA, a fascinating and complex process performed by amazing molecular machines that, in spite of evolutionary theory, are not consistent across the species. Evolution must have decided to create the same Rube Goldberg machine several times over. Very creative.

There is also the DNA code which is cleverly designed at several levels, including minimizing the effects of errors and maximizing information content (such as in supporting overlapping messages).

And when errors do arise, DNA has an amazing error correction capability. As one researcher put it, "it’s almost as if cells have something akin to a computer program that becomes activated by DNA damage, and that program enables the cells to respond very quickly."

If evolution wasn't a fact, the evidence might make one to begin to ask questions.