Two recent articles from science seem to be amazing (at least to a degree) the scientists who made the discoveries.
First, geneticists in the US have discovered a second genetic code within DNA which seems to function primarily in gene control; the traditional outlook regarding DNA is that it coded for proteins and enzymes and that was pretty much it.
Second, scientists studying independently have discovered phosphorus – an essential element for life as we know it – in ‘the leftovers from a star explosion’ – and the noble gas argon being emitted as argon hydride ions from the Crab Nebula. This latter discovery is interesting because:
…you don’t expect an atom like argon, a noble gas, to form moleculesThat was astronomer Mike Barlow of University College, London – the leader of the research group. And from what I remember about chemistry, you wouldn’t expect a noble gas – which are traditionally considered non-reactive because they don’t want to bond with anything – actually bonding with some other atom.
What does raise a question in my mind, is, if argon doesn’t bond with other atoms … how’d they know it was argon hydride? Maybe they tell in their paper – the article doesn’t say – but, to me, if they’ve never seen argon hydride before, how’d they identify it? Not saying they couldn’t, just asking ‘how’.
But as to the other two findings – phosphorous in space and a second command and control function to DNA – I honestly don’t understand why those are so surprising. And what makes me feel that way is, well, my belief in a Creator God.
After all, if God created the universe, He created a certain number of atomic elements from which everything else was assembled, right? And if everything in the universe is assembled from the same ‘basket’ (if you will) of elemental particles, why would it be so surprising to find, say, phosphorous, out in deep space? Simply because they’d never found it before doesn’t mean it isn’t there, right?