DNA: Exploring Creation With Biology

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DNA is the basic substance in the life forms you see around you, yet it is a complicated concept. Your DNA determines the color of your eyes, skin, hair and enable functions such as your sight and hearing. DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic Acid which contains the biological aspects that make everyone individually different. DNA is all contained in one molecule, and there are millions of tightly packaged DNA cells all throughout many life forms making it the building block of the DNA. In the late 1860’s, a Swiss chemist named Friedrich Miescher first identified DNA. It can be said that he successfully completed the first part of the gene puzzle. He found what he called nuclein in the pus he extracted from a surgical bandage. He called it “nuclein” because it was found in the nucleus of the cell. The term “nuclein” was later changed to “nucleic acid” and eventually to “Deoxyribonucleic Acid” or “DNA.” At this point, many scientists did not realize how important this information was, therefore many ignored this information. Then, in 1919, an American biochemist named Phoebus Levene laid the groundwork for the future studies of DNA. He was the first to identify and explain how the nucleic acid components, sugar and phosphate, combine to form nucleotides. Next, Erwin Chargaff, a student of Cambridge, fortified the foundation of studies that had already been made. He created a set of rules called “Chargaff’s rules.” The first rule he established is that, in human DNA, the number of adenine components equals the number of thymine components and the number of guanine components equals the number of cytosine components. The second rule he established was that the form of DNA is different in a human compared to in an animal. He found strong ... ... middle of paper ... ... image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Works Cited Barker, Kenneth L., and Donald W. Burdick. Zondervan NIV study Bible: New International Version. Fully rev. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2002. Print. "Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Fact Sheet." Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Fact Sheet. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2013. . "Dictionary." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. . Fulbright, Jeannie K., and Ryan Brooke. Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology. Anderson, IN: Apologia Educational Ministries, 2010. Print. "What is DNA?." What is DNA?. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013. . Wile, Jay L.. Exploring Creation with Biology. Anderson, Ind.: Apologia Educational Ministries, 1998. Print.

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