The Optimal Design of the Genetic Code |Fazale Rana


This is a WordPress repost of an excellent article originally authored by Fazale Rana from the Reasons to Believe website.

Biochemist Fazale “Fuz” Rana is vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons to Believe, an organization dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity. Fuz earned his BS in chemistry at West Virginia State University and his PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry at Ohio University. His studies of cellular systems convinced him of a Creator’s existence and set him on a journey to faith in Christ. Today, Fuz is author of multiple books (including Creating Life in the Lab) and speaks on the evidence for creation from biochemistry, genetics, and human origins.


As a biochemist, I am impressed with the elegant designs of biochemical systems. The sophistication and ingenuity of these designs convinced me as a graduate student that life must stem from the work of a Mind. In my book The Cell’s Design, I follow in Paley’s footsteps by highlighting the eerie similarity between human designs and biochemical systems—a similarity I describe as an intelligent design pattern. Because biochemical systems conform to the intelligent design pattern, they must be the work of a Creator.

As with Paley, I view the pervasiveness of the intelligent design pattern in biochemical systems as critical to making the case for a Creator. Yet, in particular, I am struck by the design of a single biochemical system: namely, the genetic code. On the basis of the structure of the genetic code alone, I think one is justified to conclude that life stems from the work of a Divine Mind. The latest work by a team of German biochemists on the genetic code’s design convinces me all the more that the genetic code is the product of a Creator’s handiwork.1

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