(THE WOUNDER MOLECULE)
Shahid Majeed Mir
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and even viruses. Along with RNA and proteins, DNA is one of the three major macromolecules essential for all known forms of life.
Within cells, DNA is organised into long structures called chromosomes. During cell division these chromosomes are duplicated in the process or DNA replication, providing each cell its own complete set of chromosomes. The progress of science makes it clear that living beings have an extremely complex structure and an order too perfect to have come into being by coincidence.
This is evidence to the fact that living beings are created by an all powerful Creator with superior knowledge. Recently, for instance, with the unraveling of the perfect structure in the human gene which became a prominent issue due to the genome project, the unique creation of God has once more been revealed for all to see.
From the U.S.A to China, scientists from all over the world have given their best efforts to decode the 3 billion chemical letters in DNA and to determine their sequence. As a result, 85% of the data includes in the DNA of human beings could be sequenced properly. 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 the decoding of this information takes so long, we have to understand the nature of the information stored in DNA.
*The Secret World of DNA*
In the manufacture or management of a technological product or plant, the greatest tool employed is the experience and accumulation of knowledge that man has acquired over many centuries.
The necessary knowledge and experience needed for the construction of the human body, the most advanced and sophisticated “plant” on earth, is stored in DNA. The important point to note here is that DNA has always existed since the first human being in all its present perfection and complexity. As you read the lines below, you will also come to see clearly how unreasonable it is to claim, as evolutionists do, that such a molecule, with all its mind blowing structure and properties, originated as a result of coincidences.
DNA is delicately protected in the nucleus located in the center of the cell. When it is recalled the human cells – numbering up to 100 trillions- have an average diameter of 10 microns.
This miraculous molecule is a clear evidence of the perfection and extraordinary nature of God’s art of creation. It is so much so that even a special branch of science has been set up to explore the secrets of this molecule, many of which still remain hidden. The name of this branch of science is “Genetics”.
Recognised as the science of the 21st century, genetics is still in phase of crawling, as far as solving the mystery of DNA is concerned, despite all the technological means at its disposal.
*The Huge Encyclopedia in the Human Cell*
The information stored in the DNA cannot be underestimated. A single DNA molecule of a human being, can fill one million encyclopedia pages. In a molecule found in a nucleus( DNA ) which is far smaller than the microscopic cell wherein it is located, there exists a data warehouse 40 times bigger than the biggest encyclopedia of the world that includes millions of items of information. This means a no volume huge encyclopedia which is unique and has no equal in the world. Research puts it that this huge encyclopedia would be estimated to contain 5 billion different pieces of information.
If we read one piece of information present in human genes every second, nonstop, around the clock, it would take 100 years to complete the process. If we imagine that the information in DNA were put in the forum of a book, then, these books put on top of each other would reach 70 meters high.
The author is a resident of Tangcheck Lolab, Kupwara, a civil service aspirant