DNA & Design Series by Dr Gasser Hathout
Lecture 11: Beginning to Quantitate Genetic Information. Genetic information will be quantitated through looking at amino acid sequences in proteins, the end-product of the genetic information carried in coding DNA. The first step in the journey is to look at the odds that a single short functional protein sequence could have arisen by chance. Along the way, the enigma of amino acid chirality is introduced, and it is shown that the odds against random amino acids coming together in correct chirality and bonding configuration to make even a short protein are astronomical.
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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