Lecture 7: The Enigma of the Origin of the Genetic Code
DNA & Design Series by Dr Gasser Hathout
Lecture 7: The Enigma of the Origin of the Genetic Code. This lecture wraps up the optimality analysis of the genetic code started in the previous lectures, and then examines the age of the genetic code. The lecture focuses on the question of how a primordial genetic code, as old as life itself, could have come into existence in a state of essentially perfect optimality, if it had no time to evolve.
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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Topics: Biology, Islam And Science, Science And Religion Channel: Dna And Design