Scientists dumbstruck: signs of intelligent design in DNA code

Bio-scientists are reeling at the implications of new research published in the prestigious planetary science journal Icarus, which indicates the DNA code of all life on earth contains a pattern that indicates deliberate design.

Scientists are comparing it to the famous “Wow” announcement for Carl Sagan’s SETI programme scanning the heavens for extra-terrestrials picked up a highly unusual signal that’s never been explained or repeated.

In this case, planetary scientists turned the SETI principle to scanning the DNA genome, wondering if it would give clues to the unsolved question of how life arose on Earth.

“As the actual scenario for the origin of terrestrial life is far from being settled, the proposal that it might have been seeded intentionally cannot be ruled out. A statistically strong intelligent-like “signal” in the genetic code is then a testable consequence of such scenario,” the Icarus reseachers note.

What they found when they looked was stunning: a message:

“Here we show that the terrestrial code displays a thorough precision-type orderliness matching the criteria to be considered an informational signal.Simple arrangements of the code reveal an ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of the same symbolic language. Accurate and systematic, these underlying patterns appear as a product of precision logic and nontrivial computing rather than of stochastic processes (the null hypothesis that they are due to chance coupled with presumable evolutionary pathways is rejected with P-value < 10-13). The patterns display readily recognizable hallmarks of artificiality, among which are the symbol of zero, the privileged decimal syntax and semantical symmetries. Besides, extraction of the signal involves logically straightforward but abstract operations, making the patterns essentially irreducible to natural origin. Plausible ways of embedding the signal into the code and possible interpretation of its content are discussed. Overall, while the code is nearly optimized biologically, its limited capacity is used extremely efficiently to pass non-biological information.”

Stripped of its scientific language, what the researchers believe they have found a message hidden in the DNA code of all living organisms that cannot be explained by chance, and which strongly adheres to the principles of mathematics and human language concepts, displaying “readily recognizable hallmarks of artificiality”.

The identity of any designer – whether alien or supernatural – remains unknown, but the study is groundbreaking in its implications.

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12 Comments

  1. Seems my previous comment never made it past moderation (never mind!). I’ve added a response at my blog (linked on my name). In a nutshell: Ian has sidetracked to other things rather than address the points I raised.

  2. Grant/Ken…. you are of course correct that signals can be found in noise and misconstrued. Is that what you think happened to the peer-reviewed Marcott paper in the journal Science that erroneously claimed to have backed up Michael Mann’s fake ‘hockey stick” graph on climate?

    Can’t wait for both of you to write a report on the Marcott failure.

    See http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/16/mcintyre-finds-the-marcott-trick-how-long-before-science-has-to-retract-marcott-et-al/

  3. Still Perrotting the same old line, I see Ken. The guys behind the DNA code claim, incidentally, are Crickians, not creationists. They think space creatures might have seeded life here. Icarus, of course, is a respected scientific journal. Perhaps you should be bleating to them. 🙂

  4. Perhaps…I’m just amused that it’s in Icarus…and of course regardless of whether they are wrong or right (yet to be determined), the real point is that a design inference is testable and falsifiable and thus a legitimate path for science to pursue.

    I’m still waiting for your comprehensive paper on how life originated, Grant. Looking forward to your wisdom on this still unsolved question.

  5. I am a strong believer in eternal life and re-incarnation.

    For many years I have joked about how life on earth arrived. I said that it must have been some high developed civilization, that spread enzymes, proteins and dna unto a planet ready for evolution. The enzymes, proteins and dna were designed to create nature as we see it. The civilization died, and the universe forgot all about us.

    Well, it might be that my wild joke could be closer to the truth, than so many other theories.

    http://www.crestroy.com

  6. The flaw in the research is that they assume that the present DNA code is the result of a stochastic process (a mathematical way of saying random). However, our present DNA is not the result of a stochastic process, but rather of an information conserving mechanism called “Natural Selection”, thus one would expect DNA to appear non-stochastic.

    For EM radiation, there is no information conserving mechanism for constructive or destructive interference. Thus, if a signal contains information, then it must have contained that information from its source.

  7. The SETI program picks up odd signals every so often. So far, none has proven to be extraterrestrial, but instead are radar, telecommunications satellites, etc. These unexplained signals are not very significant according to the SETI researchers. Are the scientists in your article comparing it to the “Wow” announcement calling this not very significant? I would guess all biologists with a PhD in the field (except for three I know of) would have a better explanation such as, we see this in all life forms because we all have a common ancestor.

  8. Where are your sources. Where can I find this study for myself? Was it peer reviewed? Can you please link sources for your readers

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