03 Nov False Arguments About the Origin of Existence: Matter and Chance.Part2
Overbeck and his colleagues have already located the gene on a particular mouse chromosome and are now trying to pin down its structure. That will tell them something about the structure of the protein the gene encodes, how the protein works, and when and where it is produced as the gene gets “expressed” or turned on, “Is the gene expressed everywhere, or just on the left side of the embryo or just on the right side?” Overbeck wonders, “And when does it get expressed?”
These questions will take Overbeck far from the genetransfer experiment. “We think there are at least 100,000 genes,” he points out, “so the chances of this happening were literally one in 100,000.”
It will take thousands of tests, and therefore thousands of mice, for such an experiment to succeed. However, there is no trial and error in nature. Any tree seed placed in the soil germinates and becomes a tree, unless something prevents it from doing so. Likewise, an embryo in the womb grows into a living, conscious being equipped with intellectual and spiritual faculties.
The human body is a miracle of symmetry and asymmetry. Scientists know how it develops in the womb. What they cannot figure out is how the buildingblock particles reaching the embryo distinguish between right and left, determine the specific organ’s location, insert themselves in their proper places, and understand the extremely complicated relations and requirements among cells and organs. This process is so complicated that if a single particle required by the right eye’s pupil ended up in the ear instead, the embryo could be damaged or even die.
In addition, all animate beings are made from the same elements coming from soil, air, and water. They also are similar to each other with respect to their bodily members and organs. And yet they are almost completely unique with respect to bodily features and visage, character, desire, and ambition. This uniqueness is so reliable that you can be identified positively just by your fingerprints.
How can we explain this? There are the two alternatives: Either each particle possesses almost infinite knowledge, will, and power; or One who has such knowledge, will, and power creates and administers each particle. However far back we go in an attempt to ascribe this to cause and effect and heredity, these two alternatives remain valid.