Meet the "Holy Grail" of Information Science and Intelligent Design research: DNA.
The DNA molecule is, by far, the most advanced information storage and retrieval system in the known universe. The hardware of the molecule, and it's genetic code possess many features that display it's advanced engineering: it's digital, 3 dimensional, redundant, error-correcting, and overlapping in certain segments. The DNA genetic language is composed of 3 billion pairs of the nucleotide bases A,C,T, and G in such an amazing fashion of efficiency and elegance, that it takes the breath away of modern programmers. As if this isn't amazing enough evidence for Intelligent Design, recent discoveries at the University of Washington have uncovered yet another encoded language underneath the primary genetic information. DNA is now known to be comprised of 2 distinct genetic languanges/codes.
Here is an excerpt from the Discovery Center's recent article on the subject:
"Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed that it was used exclusively to write information about proteins. UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages. One describes how proteins are made, and the other instructs the cell on how genes are controlled. One language is written on top of the other, which is why the second language remained hidden for so long.
"For over 40 years we have assumed that DNA changes affecting the genetic code solely impact how proteins are made," said Stamatoyannopoulos. "Now we know that this basic assumption about reading the human genome missed half of the picture. These new findings highlight that DNA is an incredibly powerful information storage device,..."
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