The Complexity of Cells

When the theory of evolution was proposed by Darwin, scientists knew nothing about cells and certainly nothing about DNA (there is DNA inside of every cell except for some red blood cells which circulate in the blood).

But cells are now known to be very complex and they could not have formed by accident.

Here is a quote from another website:

  • "We now know that there are in fact tens of thousands of irreducibly complex systems on the cellular level. Specified complexity pervades the microscopic biological world. Molecular biologist Michael Denton wrote, "Although the tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, weighing less than 10-12 grams, each is in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machinery built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world."

And this quote did not mention DNA, which is absolutely critical for the cell.

YouTube videos are an excellent source to get a small feel for how complex a human cell is. This YouTube video is called: "A Tour of the Cell." It is an excellent introduction to what is going on inside of cells, particularly with regards to the organelles. It was created by Bozeman Science:
YouTube Video on the Organelles in the Cells

This YouTube video is an animation of what is going on inside the cells. This video is mainly about how a cell deals with inflammation. The video is called the "Inner Life of a Cell" and it lasts about 8 minutes:
YouTube Video on the Complexity of Cells

Did you understand all of the more than 100 technical terms in that video?

Many of the terms used in that video are a protein, are made of proteins or are associated with proteins. Proteins are made by the DNA inside the cell. The DNA provides the "patterns" needed to make the proteins via a chain reaction of chemical processes. The patterns are called "genes." They are the patterns to make the proteins inside the cell. The cell literally could not function without the genes on the DNA!!

The video above talked about how a cell reacts to inflammation. If the video had talked about cancer cells, even more things going on inside the cell would have been discussed, such as the Citric Acid Cycle (i.e. Krebs Cycle), the Electron Transport Chain, ATP energy (e.g. adenosine triphosphate), the making of pyruvate from glucose, etc.

In fact, cells could not exist without DNA to create critical proteins which are needed inside the cells and DNA needs cells for protection. Neither can exist without the other. So which came first, DNA (which needs the cell for protection) or the cell (which needs the genes on the DNA to provide the templates to make proteins for the cells)??

Here is a 3-part series on cells by the BBC (Note: some BBC videos have been taken down due to copyright issues, so these 3 videos may not be completely coherant):
BBC Documentary - The Cell 1 of 3 The Hidden Kingdom
BBC Documentary - The Cell 2 of 3 The Chemistry Of Life
BBC Documentary - The Cell 3 of 3 The Spark of Life

If you want more evidence of the sophistication of cells, and WHY CELLS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN CREATED BY A SERIES OF ACCIDENTS (i.e. by "evolution") study the giant book: Essential Cell Biology (Third Edition or later) by Alberts, Bray, Hopkin, Johnson, Lewis, Raff, Roberts and Walter. This book is a very large book and it has 731 pages plus several sections after the actual book.

Of course, almost all videos and books ASSUME the theory of evolution is true and that all things came to exist by chance.

However, all real evidence points to a design and creation of all cells and DNA. In other words, all real evidence points to the claim that God designed both cells and DNA.

See also (these are books written by creation scientists - meaning anti-evolutionists):
Signature In The Cell - DNA and the Evidence For Intelligent Design by Stephen C. Meyer
The Cell's Design - How Chemistry Reveals the Creator's Artistry by Fazale Rana

There are many other books written by creation scientists (i.e. anti-evolutionists).

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