July 15, 2008 | David F. Coppedge

Is Artificial DNA Intelligently Designed?

Japanese chemists have made a new kind of DNA, reported Science Daily.  It resembles natural DNA, but is composed of bases that are shorter, modified forms of the ones cells use.  “The finding could lead to improvements in gene therapy, futuristic nano-sized computers, and other high-tech advances,” the article says.

An evolutionist should extend his or her reasoning to ask if these new molecules are products of natural selection.  If the DNA in the scientist’s body is a product of natural selection, why not the products of his body?  If the mind is an excretion of the brain, why are not products directed by the natural brain through natural hands also products of natural selection?  At what point did something “new” like purpose or design ”emerge” from undirected natural ingredients?  Is not artificiality merely an artifact of the same natural process that produced DNA?
    If the evolutionist answers yes to the above, we continue the line of questioning.  How do we know that your answer was not a product of natural selection, a mindless, undirected process of chance and necessity?
    Information is the key ingredient that makes understanding possible.  The prerequisite for information is a mind.  If these scientists truly invented a new molecule on purpose that is capable of storing information, then explain why the DNA in their cells was not purposefully created.

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