level of scientific knowledge we have arrived at today shows
that the evident design and complex systems in living things
make it impossible for them to have emerged by chance. For
instance, thanks to the recent "Human Genome Project," the
marvelous design and the enormous information content in human
genes have been revealed for all to see.
In the framework of that project, scientists
from many countries, from the United States to China, worked
for 10 years to decipher one by one the 3 billion chemical
codes in DNA. As a result, nearly all the information in human
genes has been set out in its correct order.
Although this is a very exciting and important
development, as Dr. Francis Collins, who leads the Human Genome
Project states, so far only the first step has been taken
in the decoding of the information in DNA.
In order to understand why it took 10 years and
the work of hundreds of scientists to uncover the codes that
make up this information, we have to understand the magnitude
of the information contained within DNA.
DNA reveals the existence of an infinite
source of knowledge
There is enough information in the DNA of a single
human cell to fill an encyclopedia of one million pages. It
would be impossible to read it all in one lifetime. If one
person set out to read one DNA code per second, non-stop,
all day every day, it would take him 100 years. That is because
the encyclopedia in question possesses nearly three billion
different codes. If we wrote down all the information in DNA
on paper, it would stretch from the North Pole to the Equator.
That means some 1,000 large volumes-more than enough to fill
a big library.
Even more important, all this information is
contained in the nucleus of each and every cell, which means
that as each individual consists of some 100 trillion cells,
there are 100 trillion versions of the same library.
If the information in DNA were
written out on a piece of paper, it would stretch from
the North Pole to the Equator.
If we wish to compare this treasury of information
with the level of knowledge so far reached by man, it is impossible
to provide any example of the same magnitude. An unbelievable
picture presents itself: 100 trillion x 1,000 books! That
is more than the number of grains of sand in the world. Furthermore,
if we multiply that number by the six billion people currently
living on the Earth, and the billions more who have ever lived,
then the number is beyond our capacity to grasp, and the amount
of information stretches to infinity.
These examples are an indication of what imposing
information we are living cheek by jowl with. We possess advanced
computers that can store great amounts of information. However,
when we compare DNA to these computers, we are amazed to see
that the most modern technology-the product of the cumulative
human labour and knowledge over the centuries-does not even
possess the storage capacity of a single cell.
Gene Myers is one of the most
prominent experts of Celera Genomics, the company that carried
out the Human Genome project. His words regarding the outcome
of the project are a statement of the great knowledge and
design in DNA: "What really astounds me is the architecture
of life…The system is extremely complex. It's like it was
designed… There's a huge intelligence there." 68
Another interesting aspect is that all life on
the planet has been produced according to the coded descriptions
written in this same language. No bacterium, plant, or animal
is formed without its DNA. It is quite evident that all of
life emerges as the result of descriptions that employ the
same language and stemming from the same source of knowledge.
This leads us to an obvious conclusion. All living
things in the world live and multiply according to information
created by one single intelligence.
makes the theory of evolution utterly meaningless. That is
because the foundation of evolution is "chance," but chance
cannot create information. If one day the formula of a medicine
that can cure cancer were found on a piece of paper, all of
mankind would join forces to discover the scientist concerned
and even give him an award. Nobody would think, "I wonder
if the formula appeared when some ink was spilt onto the page."
Everybody who possesses reason and clear thinking will think
that that the formula was written by someone who had made
a deep study of chemistry, human physiology, cancer, and pharmacology.
evolutionist claim that the information in DNA came about
by chance is completely irrational, and is equivalent to saying
that the formula on the paper also came about by chance. DNA
contains the detailed molecular formulae of 100,000 types
of proteins and enzymes, together with the delicate order
governing how these will be used during production. Alongside
these, it contains the production plans for the message-carrier
hormones and the inter-cellular communications protocols they
are used in, and all kinds of other complex and specified
To claim that DNA and all the information within
it came about by chance events and natural causes reflects
either total ignorance of the subject or materialist dogmatism.
The idea that a molecule such as DNA, with all the magnificent
information and complex structure it contains, could be the
product of chance is not even worth taking seriously. Unsurprisingly,
evolutionists try to gloss over the subject of the source
of life, as with so many other subjects, by describing it
as an "unsolved secret."
Genome Map Has Scientists Talking About the Divine" by Tom
Abate, San Francisco Chronicle, February 19, 2001,