DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the building blocks that form all known life in the Universe. Through DNA, we can begin to see the depths of the creation of humanity.

DNA code, like a hard-drive of binary code, is quite simple in its basic paired structure. However, it’s the sequencing and functioning of that code that’s enormously complex. Through recent technologies, we now know that the cell is not a “blob of protoplasm”, but rather a microscopic marvel that is more complex than the most advanced factory. The cell is very complicated, using precise DNA instructions to control its every function.

Although DNA code is remarkably complex, it’s the information translation system connected to that code that really baffles science. Like any language, letters and words mean nothing outside the language convention used to give those letters and words meaning. A simple example is the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”. In that famous story, Paul Revere asks a friend to put one light in the window of the North Church if the British came by land, and two lights if they came by sea. Without a shared language convention between Revere and his friend, that simple communication effort would mean nothing. Well, take that simple example and multiply by a factor containing hundreds of zeros.

  1. J.D. Watson and F.H.C. Crick, “Structure of Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid,” Nature, 171:737 (1953).