How many of you are Mac fans out there? Windows fans? Any die-hard Linux hold outs? Well, before you start fighting with each other, let’s just clear the table: none of these operating systems can hold a candle to the human genome. I have so little space, so most of what follows will be key citations that illustrate this marvel.[link1] Hold on to your seats, ladies and gentlemen:
Bill Gates once stated:
Human DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created. (Gates, The Road Ahead, 1996, p. 228)
But what does Bill Gates know about DNA? Well, consider Dr. John Sanford, now a wonderful and humble creationist believer, formerly an atheist genetics professor at Cornell University, and inventor of the ‘gene gun’:
“So the genome is all of our genetic material combined. So it’s all the genes on all our chromosomes, and it’s made up of approximately 3 billion letters. Which is a vast amount of information, it’s like many many sets of encyclopedias. And it’s basically an instruction manual on how to build a human cell. And how to build a human body. Or actually more accurately, it’s, it’s, it’s less like a book, than a computer program. It’s like an operating system, but it’s vastly superior to any operating system man has developed. … The genome has multiple overlapping messages. Try to imagine a book in a chapter, and hidden, embedded in that chapter, in addition to the obvious meaning of the words in the chapter, are other messages. And even in the same sentence there might be several messages embedded. And even more astounding is, you know the DNA has two strands, one running one way, the other running the other. For the longest time they thought the one strand was just for replication, and all the information was on the other strand. Just one strand had information. What they found with the ENCODE project was for more of 50% of the genome, both strands are read, so it’s like reading a sentence forwards so it has one meaning, and reading it backwards, and there’s another message there. So, it’s data compression on the most sophisticated level.” (source from video immediately below)”
Consider: If the Encyclopedia Britannica has 300 million letters, that means we have something like 10 encyclopedia sets in each of our cell nuclei! We marvel at how big our hard drives can get now in gigabytes and terabytes, but they are enormous and clunky comparisons to the storage capacity God invented: the DNA molecule.
Folks, I lament that I have only one more quote to give, but here is Dr. Robert Carter. Please watch this astounding video of his called ‘The High-Tech Cell’! (Source now gone, but some of the same material is covered here (though very poor video quality unfortunately), and you can also get a related DVD of this here)
“From the results of the ENCODE project specifically, the world has been given a glimpse inside the most sophisticated computer operating system in the known universe — the human genome. But it is not a protein computer. Actually, the genome is more like an RNA super-computer that *outputs* protein. In a similar way to your computer, which has a hard drive, rewritable memory (RAM), and a screen for output, the genomic computer has DNA for information storage, RNA for information comparison and calculation, and protein for output.” (Evolution’s Achilles’ Heel, 2014, p. 58).
Behold, what God has hidden for us! Is it not time to seek him, the author of this all?
“… nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things … that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us…” (Acts 17:25-28)
This was originally published as a short “Creation Corner” article in a church bulletin (2014.4 Fall edition of First News, Dayton Open Bible)