As scientists have studied the six feet of DNA that’s 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 scientists 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 scientists 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.”
Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell, concurs. He told me, “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.”
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 suggests, the Creator autographed every cell.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and