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Question of the Week: Can you speak DNA?

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Q: Can you speak DNA?

A: Whenever we hear a foreign language, we may not know what's being said, but we know it means something. It isn't gibberish. The words convey thoughts and meaning by an intelligent source.
In recent times, scientists have discovered an unmistakable language within all living things. Like a miniature library, DNA stores piles of information in extraordinary molecules that specify the details of everything from the shape of flower petals to the color of your eyes.
DNA resembles a language in many uncanny ways, as though a supremely intelligent Author and Life-Giver left His indelible message in every living thing.
Using different combinations of four basic units, called nucleotides, DNA molecules can store all sorts of information, just like the dots and dashes of Morse code, or the binary numbers in computers.
The four nucleotides are combined into codes for twenty chemicals known as amino acids. By rearranging these twenty "letters of the genetic alphabet," God designed the language so that it could produce all the proteins that living things need—humans alone have over 100,000 proteins.

Continue reading to learn more about DNA, God's language of life.

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