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DNA and Design

This multi-lecture series takes an in depth look at DNA, the repository of genetic information, and makes the case that DNA speaks strongly for intelligent and deliberate design, and against a random origin of life on earth, which has been the prevalent dogma in the biological sciences.  The series asserts that as we learn more about the structure and function of DNA, incorporating the advances of the last two decades, the stronger this case becomes.  The series begins illustrating this paradigm—that advances in knowledge often overturn previously accepted dogmas – by looking at a macro issue where this has happened: the vertebrate retina.  The series then moves to introduce the viewer to the genetic code and how it works, and tackles such issues as the optimality of the genetic code, the  myth of junk DNA, the information enigma of DNA, and the “chicken-and-egg,” problem of DNA and proteins.  All of this is done using primary scientific source literature, and numerous papers and books are referenced.  If you love science, and are interested in how scientific advances make the case for the handiwork of a Divine Intellect, this series will be of interest to you.

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This lecture introduces the topic of intelligent design, and how this can be inferred scientifically, and does not need to be taken “on faith.”  It asserts that advances in genetics over the last two decades now make a very strong caser that DNA – the genetic code – must be a product of intelligent design and not random evolution.

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Lecture 2: The structure of the human retina: Paradigm shift

This lecture starts the series with a macro topic, before delving into DNA.  For decades evolutionary biologists have claimed that the human retina is poorly designed, and used this to rebut the notion of intelligent design in biology in general.   However, advances of the last 20 years have overturned this notion, and displayed a newly exquisite design within the retina.  This example offers the precise paradigm of this lecture series, that as knowledge advances, the stronger the case for design becomes.  This paradigm is applied to DNA in the remaining lectures.

https://www.islamicity.org/series/lecture-2-the-structure-of-the-human-retina-paradigm-shift/
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Lecture 3:  The basic structure and function of DNA. 
This lecture introduces the basic structure of DNA, and the 4-base pair genetic code, and how this code is used to store the information for making proteins.  The DNA to RNA to protein chain is laid out, including the idea of a 4-leeter code making 3-letter words, or codons, which specific the order of amino acids in proteins.

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Lecture 4:  Introduction to Mutations. 
Now that we understand the structure of DNA – how it functions as a code to store and transmit information – we look at what can threaten that function: mutations.  Understanding some of the types of mutations will be critical to understanding how well-designed DNA is, in that it can minimize the impact of these mutations.
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Lecture 5:  Introducing the Digital Code. 
Building on the previous lectures which showed that DNA is essentially a digital code for storing information, and that this code can be affected by mutations, this lecture introduces the idea of optimality of  a code in general, and begins looking at DNA in particular.  All codes that transmit information can be analyzed in terms of how well they do their job.  In the case of DNA, one key question is how faithfully it can transmit its information in the face of possible mutations.
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