DNA – The Most Important Letters You’ll Ever Meet

July 25, 2011

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This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series DNA

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series DNAI doubt most of us get excited by DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid if you want to get technical), but the truth is that we should.  DNA is called the code of life and it is crucial that we understand why – because many modern scientific, philosophical […]

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Building Us (And Everything Else that Lives)

July 26, 2011

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This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series DNA

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series DNANow that I’ve given my little pep-talk for understanding DNA you may think that we are ready to dive in and understand this amazing molecule (never thought that molecules could be amazing, did ya?).  But not so fast, we have to put DNA in context […]

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Better Than Grandma’s Recipe Book

July 27, 2011

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This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series DNA

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series DNAYou might not think that DNA and my grandmother’s recipe book have much in common and for all extensive purposes they don’t really. But by way of analogy, my grandmother’s recipe book is an excellent place to get a deeper and more profound understanding of […]

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No It’s…

July 29, 2011

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This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series DNA

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series DNAWhen we last left off our mild-mannered molecule (aka DNA), we had a central question – how does it contain information.  That’s an important word information – it means that in some way or other DNA is giving instructions for how to build proteins.  Or, […]

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The Miraculous Molecule Tour

August 4, 2011

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This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series DNA

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series DNAOkay, let the fun begin. Let’s get a real world, real time, computer animation demonstration of how the chemical arrangement of the DNA nucleotides leads to the production of the proteins that make up you, me and every other living organism on the planet.   […]

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I’ll Take Two

August 8, 2011

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This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series DNA

Sometimes life needs to be selfish. For instance, imagine if all the cells in our body had to share the same DNA molecule – it wouldn’t be such an efficient system. And what about the next generation – they may also want their own copy of the code of life. No, in this case sharing just won’t do. Every cell and every living organism needs their own copy of DNA. So what is a simple molecule to do when it is so popular? Simple, it copies itself. And it does so in a most elegant, sophisticated and beautiful manner – as these video animations show.

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I Know That Gene Is In Here Somewhere

August 14, 2011

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This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series DNA

One key question that I have been asking again and again is how do cells know when to produce the right proteins that are needed in the right quantities at the right time? The answer, it turns out, is via a sophisticated and impressive cellular communication system. In this post we introduce you to how this system works in general and how it leads to the production of new proteins in particular.

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Information Means Something

December 10, 2012

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This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series DNA

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series DNAAs Stephen Meyer notes, information means something.  Information is intricately related to intellectual activity.  Intellectual, conscious people organize, communicate and record information.  What’s more – they create information.  And, of course, they encode information. As such, the discovery of information at the heart of the […]

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Perry Marshall on DNA and Intelligent Design

January 2, 2013

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This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series DNA

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series DNAI know that I’ve written quite a bit about DNA and that some of what you are about to see duplicates what I’ve already written earlier, but I think that Perry Marshall has some interesting things to say about DNA that are worth listening to. […]

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