As scientist have studied the six feet of DNA that is tightly coiled inside each of our body’s 100 trillion cells, they have marveled at how it provides the genetic information necessary to create all of the proteins out of which our bodies are built.
The astounding capacity of DNA to harbor this mountain of information, carefully spelled out in a four-letter chemical alphabet, “vastly exceeds that of any other known system,” said biochemist Michael Denton.
In fact, he said the information needed to build the proteins for all the species of organisms that have ever lived “could be held in a teaspoon and there would still be room left for all the information in every book ever written.”
It seemed fitting when scientist announced they had finally mapped the three billion-,letter code of the human genome – a project that filled the equivalent of 75,490 pages of the New York Times – references to the divine abounded. President Clinton said scientist were “learning the language in which God created life,” while geneticist Francis S. Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, said DNA was “our own instruction book, previously known only to God.”
Just like all those 1’s and 0’s that make our modern world go ‘round, DNA is also a digital communication system. All the same formulas and communication theory that created our modern digital age apply to DNA too. In fact many methods that are commonplace in the information technology field have been adapted and applied to genetics research and the Human Genome Project.
Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell, concurs. He said, “Information is the hallmark of mind. And purely from the evidence of genetics and biology, we can infer the existence of a mind that’s far greater than our own – a conscious, purposeful, rational, intelligent designer who’s amazingly creative.”
Besides all the evidence that points to the intelligent design of DNA information, there is still one amazing fact remaining—the ideal number of genetic letters in the DNA code for storage and translation.
Moreover, the copying mechanism of DNA, to meet maximum effectiveness, requires the number of letters in each word to be an even number. Of all possible mathematical combinations, the ideal number for storage and transcription has been calculated to be four letters.
This is exactly what has been found in the genes of every living thing on earth—a four-letter digital code. As Werner Gitt states: “The coding system used for living beings is optimal from an engineering standpoint. This fact strengthens the argument that it was a case of purposeful design rather than a [lucky] chance”
This conclusion is compelling: an intelligent entity has spelled out evidence of his existence through the chemical letters used in the genetic code. It’s almost as if, as Meyer’s book title suggest, the Creator autographed every cell.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mothers womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.