20130922-165221.jpgImagine a code made up of only four letters. How complicated could it get?

Complicated enough to hold the secrets to why some cells become part of a brain or heart while others become bones or skin or toes. A code that dictates hair and eye color and determines whether ear lobes are attached and tongues are capable of curlng. An essential-for-life code contained within the spiraling double-helix structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) found in the nucleus of every cell.

Long strands of alternating sugars and phosphates serve as anchors for just four types of nucleotide bases (guanine, adenine, cytosine, and thymine) that match up to form virtual rungs on a ladder. The unique sequence of these bases is the genetic code essential for the development and functioning of all living organisms. When needed to assemble new proteins, DNA “unzips” and the coded instructions are transcribed by messenger RNA in a process similar to creating an impression mold of a key. The messenger RNA then travels to the assembly line area of the cell and with the help of transfer RNA lines up amino acids into the proper sequence by making them “fit” into the mold.

And that doesn’t even begin to touch on the intricate process of duplicating entire strands (chromosomes) and then dividing cells in order to pass the code on future generations. It’s a miracle more things don’t go wrong! Scientists have spent years researching DNA, mapping genes, and studying the impact of small genetic changes on an organism. They are still seeking answers about how certain genes turn on or off other genes … and experimenting to find “cures” for certain conditions through gene manipulation.

I have a daughter with CdLS, caused by a rare genetic mutation, and have learned a LOT about genetics, testing, and cohesive proteins. My brain hurts after just a few minutes of trying to understand the complexity of DNA as it relates to her condition.

And yet, when God knit us together, He completely understood this complicated process … for He is the One who wrote the code in the first place.

“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.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)

Creation declares the enormously intelligent design of the Creator.

What about you? Did you understand DNA when you studied it in school? Do you think something this complicated could have happened by chance?

Creation Declares – DNA
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