[Imc-colombia-radio] How Does My DNA Work? (Op-Ed Submission)
Babu Gopal Ranganathan
bgrnathan en fastmail.fm
Sab Sep 5 18:39:42 PDT 2009
Greetings. I offer my op-ed article below freely and on a
non-exclusive basis for your review or recommendation to other
editors for publication. The entire text must be published
without any abridgment.
Babu G. Ranganathan
Boyertown, PA. 19512
How Does My DNA Work?
by Babu G. Ranganathan
Haven't you ever asked yourself how you got your nose, eyes,
ears, fingers, toes, and everything else? How did your DNA bring
all this about? Before we answer that question we need to know
just a few simple things about DNA.
DNA is the abbreviated name for the genetic code and it is
exactly that - a code. It is a molecular string of chemical
DNA is located in the nucleus of our cells and is made up of
smaller molecules called nucleic acids. These smaller molecules
in DNA are arranged in a sequence, just like the letters in a
sentence. The sequence of these nucleic acids tells the cells of
our body how to build our nose, eyes, hands, feet, and everything
else. If the sequence for a particular trait isn't in our genetic
code, then our bodies won't build it.
If the sequence for producing wings is not in the genetic code of
an animal then that animal will not develop wings regardless of
The material our body uses to build new cells comes from the food
we eat. Food is not just for energy. Food is also the "lumber"
and "bricks" the body uses to build new cells. When a cell
multiplies, it makes more cells of the same size. The only way to
do this is by getting new material and that new material comes
When food is digested and broken down to its basic amino acids,
the various amino acids are then rearranged in a certain sequence
to form cells that make up the various tissues and organs. What
sequence these amino acids come together in is determined by the
sequence of the molecules in DNA.
Thus, when you feed your dog a T-Bone steak, your dog's DNA will
make sure that steak is digested and rearranged to form the
various parts of your dog, but when you eat the same steak, your
DNA will make sure that the steak is digested and rearranged to
form human parts.
When scientists study genes, they are studying segments of the
No one has shown that DNA can come into existence by chance! It
takes DNA to get DNA! In other words, there must already exist
DNA to direct the formation of more DNA. Yes, it is true that the
individual molecules which make up DNA have been shown to be able
to come into existence by chance. But, it has never been shown
that those individual molecules can come together into a sequence
by chance to form the genetic code.
The mathematical odds of even the simplest DNA molecule coming
into existence by chance is comparable to a monkey typing the
sequence of all the letters and words in a dictionary by randomly
hitting keys on a computer keyboard.
Genetic information, like any other information, doesn't happen
by chance. Therefore, it's far more logical to believe that the
genetic similarities between all forms of life are because of a
common Designer or Genetic Engineer (God) who designed similar
functions for similar purposes in all the various forms of life.
Micro-evolution, or variations within a biological kind such as
the varieties of dogs, cats, horses, and cows, is science but not
macro-evolution. Macro-evolution, variations across kinds, is not
science but faith.
The genes exist in all species for micro-evolution but not for
macro-evolution, and there is no scientific evidence that random
genetic mutations caused by natural forces such as radiation can
or will generate entirely new genes for entirely new traits.
Another problem for macro-evolution is the issue of survival of
the fittest. How can a partially evolved species be fit for
survival? A partially evolved trait or organ that is not
completely one or the other will be a liability to a species, not
a survival asset.
Science cannot prove the existence of God but neither can science
prove that we are here by chance.
Both sides of the evolution/intelligent design controversy should
have opportunity to present their scientific arguments to
students. No one is being forced to believe in God so there is no
real violation of separation of church and state.
The author, Babu G. Ranganathan, has his bachelor's degree with
concentrations in theology and biology and has been recognized
for his writings on religion and science in the 24 th edition of
Marquis "Who's Who In The East."
Babu Gopal Ranganathan
bgrnathan en fastmail.fm
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