The Design of Life
|by Regis Nicoll|
Imagine discovering an unmanned space station that 1) manufactures the equipment it needs to probe deep space, 2) monitors damage done to it by asteroids, 3) repairs the damage, 4) constructs its own spare parts, 4) makes copies of itself and 5) directs those copies in an intergalactic network to optimize exploration. Would any straight-thinking person reason it to be the product of an unguided, haphazard process? Hardly.
And yet the engineering of the biological cell is equally astonishing—down to its most fundamental component, DNA. Continue reading here.