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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- DNA: The Molecule that Defines You
NASA ^ | August 21, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 08/20/2012 9:12:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: Every living thing on planet Earth is defined by its own molecule -- what's yours? This molecule, called DNA, spans about two meters stretched out but is coiled into every cell in your body. The many copies of DNA that compose you were all copied from one single cell, and your body is continually making new copies. The above ground-breaking animated video depicts the tiny, amazing, bio-molecular machinery that makes these DNA copies. For a fee, it is now possible to find part of all of the code of the DNA molecule that defines you, but lively debates involving ethics may arise regarding whether you or anyone may own, disclose, patent, or copyright it. No one knows if DNA-like molecules will also define life that originates outside of Earth.

August 21, 2012

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; dna; helixmakemineadouble; science
[Animation Credit & Copyright: Drew Berry, WEHI, HHMI, DNALC ]

1 posted on 08/20/2012 9:13:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
WTH?

2 posted on 08/20/2012 9:13:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Dude- I’m beginning to detect some common thread...

Is it just me or do rattlesnakes and oak leaves and snapping turtles seem to have been designed by the same hand?

Or is this just some random interraction of molecules banging around that means abslolutely nothing?


3 posted on 08/20/2012 9:21:32 PM PDT by One Name
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like a bracelet I made in summer camp 40 years ago!!


4 posted on 08/20/2012 9:28:04 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: SunkenCiv
Evolutionists have such great faith to believe this is all random accident.

Accidental? No freakin way!

5 posted on 08/20/2012 9:28:04 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a Barack 0b0tt0my!)
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To: One Name

St. Paul argues that “All flesh is not the same flesh”, in support of the idea that men may be changed “in an instant” into a new form of spiritual body. The gist of this is the completely free hand of the Creator, yet here you are marvelling at the hand of the Creator confined to a single materialistic base. Unless you are prepared to explain how our spiritual bodies will be DNA based, I see here, at the very least, a serious departure from the views of St. Paul.


6 posted on 08/20/2012 9:34:36 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

I see that you are conflating the material, fleshly world with the spritual world. We are not flesh and blood but eternal beings. I was remarking on the design of the material world.

Which we co-inhabit presently...


7 posted on 08/20/2012 9:41:49 PM PDT by One Name
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To: One Name

Its actually pretty solid evidence against God manually sculpting each living thing brick by brick. A God of infinite power could easily make every animal completely different anatomically, he would have no reason for redundancy in design. My theory is that God created life in a much more elegant manner: by creating the natural process that resulted in life.


8 posted on 08/20/2012 9:43:19 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak

Works for me. I don’t see God as a micromanager.


9 posted on 08/20/2012 9:45:53 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Of course, Curiosity has the explicit mission of finding some sign of past or present microbial life on Mars, and it’s equipped with an impressive array of instruments to do so. Considering that mere technical success in the execution of this pursuit may not be enough, the thought occurs to me that they are sure to find something, whether it’s there or not.


10 posted on 08/20/2012 9:49:28 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: BurningOak

Genesis 1- KJV

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.


11 posted on 08/20/2012 9:54:53 PM PDT by One Name
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To: BurningOak
My theory is that God created life in a much more elegant manner: by creating the natural process that resulted in life.

In Genesis, God creates by executive fiat - "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass." So God created grass in the same sense and in the same way that Caesar built a bridge across the Rhine. It's in the Book.

12 posted on 08/20/2012 9:56:35 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: SunkenCiv

Odd, at the base level, we look like a serpent.


13 posted on 08/20/2012 10:00:02 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: BurningOak
Its actually pretty solid evidence against God manually sculpting each living thing brick by brick. A God of infinite power could easily make every animal completely different anatomically, he would have no reason for redundancy in design. My theory is that God created life in a much more elegant manner: by creating the natural process that resulted in life.

Exactly. God created the physical laws that made life possible. To believe in a literal creation is akin to believing that everything that ever was, is, or will be was predetermined and free will is an illusion, since nothing, even on the atomic scale, would ever be able to happen without the direct intervention of God.

14 posted on 08/20/2012 10:00:38 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: One Name
Is it just me or do rattlesnakes and oak leaves and snapping turtles seem to have been designed by the same hand?

Where would a mosquito be if there were not a red-blooded host to suck ?

15 posted on 08/20/2012 10:02:43 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: One Name
I see that you are conflating the material, fleshly world with the spritual world.

As I noted, St. Paul does the same thing. To him, heaven was a physical place, even if beyond our reach. He argued for the possibility of radical change based on the condition of the material world as he saw it ... "all flesh is not the same flesh". People just don't have the same view of things in our age. Nor you nor anybody.

16 posted on 08/20/2012 10:07:37 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: rawcatslyentist
Evolutionists have such great faith to believe this is all random accident.

May I suggest that it is your perception of what 'evolution' means which leads you to make that statement.

The whole point of evolution is that none of it is an accident. Every attempt to survive is purposeful, and is based on adapting to the environment. It's just that there are some failures, some successes.

Saying evolution is based on random chance is like saying that Olympic Gold Medal winners are not based on skill, but on lotto tickets given to the audience.

17 posted on 08/20/2012 10:10:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: dr_lew

I disagree with that, but many see it the way you do, to each his own.


18 posted on 08/20/2012 10:14:52 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: UCANSEE2

Working as a law professor in Harvard.


19 posted on 08/20/2012 10:16:46 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: One Name

I think these passages tell you what God accomplished, not how he did it.


20 posted on 08/20/2012 10:20:37 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: exDemMom
Exactly. God created the physical laws that made life possible.

This whole idea, the basis of Deism, was controversial in Newton's day, and found a focus in the wording of Halley's Ode To Newton, which was published with the Principia. Halley's original verse had a line expressing just what you said, that God did not set aside physical law in His Creation. This was objected to as denying "Providence" - the ongoing intervention of God in worldly events. Some busybody minister got a hand in it and altered the lines in the second addition to remove the objection, but they have since been restored.

21 posted on 08/20/2012 10:25:22 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: exDemMom; BurningOak
since nothing, even on the atomic scale, would ever be able to happen without the direct intervention of God.

Or possibly it is God's existence that makes it possible for anything and everything to happen.

The quantum foam is the low hum (or OHM) of God. It is the source of energy for the entire physical universe. Without it, nothing exists.

God is many things to many people. Which seems very wise of God.

22 posted on 08/20/2012 10:27:33 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: One Name; dr_lew
We are not flesh and blood but eternal beings.

True, but whilst we are in the physical realm, the flesh and the spirit are locked together in the same body, and usually fight a lot.

23 posted on 08/20/2012 10:31:34 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: SunkenCiv

Why is NASA calling DNA a part of Astronomy?


24 posted on 08/20/2012 10:33:54 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: dr_lew; One Name
St. Paul argues that “All flesh is not the same flesh”, in support of the idea that men may be changed “in an instant” into a new form of spiritual body.

Yeah... I heard of that. Saw a movie about it.


25 posted on 08/20/2012 10:35:47 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: UCANSEE2
Life does evolve. It is designed to grow.

It's beliefs of the origin of life by the evolutionists that are too far fetched to be real.

Life does not just spontaneously occur. It has to be started/planted/created.

26 posted on 08/20/2012 10:38:04 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a Barack 0b0tt0my!)
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To: One Name

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing”

If you ask me, he could have left out the ‘creeping thing’.
(humor IV)


27 posted on 08/20/2012 10:39:32 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: Talisker

Because of Curiosity and its mission to find signs of life on Mars. See my previous post.


28 posted on 08/20/2012 10:42:50 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: BurningOak
Working as a law professor in Harvard.

You're just saying that to bug me.


29 posted on 08/20/2012 10:46:18 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: SunkenCiv

In living color.
Such beauty!


30 posted on 08/20/2012 10:49:07 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: UCANSEE2

For just half your income, this poor African child can afford food, clean water, school books, and the ability to micromanage every aspect of your life.


31 posted on 08/20/2012 10:50:36 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: Talisker
Why is NASA calling DNA a part of Astronomy?

Because the Moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars.

32 posted on 08/20/2012 10:51:42 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: rawcatslyentist
It's beliefs of the origin of life by the evolutionists that are too far fetched to be real.

Oh... you mean the 'pond scum' theory. Whether God created THE WILL TO SURVIVE and instilled it into the program for each cell or God magically made all creatures appear completely assembled and programmed to also adapt, seems to make no real difference. Our beliefs, regardless to sometimes irritating facts, have nothing to do with the continual process of ADAPT OR DIE.

I bet most evolutionists (real ones, not ones on websites) would tell you that only GOD could design such an intricate, balanced, and productive of a system. It is, in a word, perfect.

33 posted on 08/20/2012 11:05:48 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: rawcatslyentist
Life does not just spontaneously occur. It has to be started/planted/created.

Actually.... Death has to occur. Without Death there is no life. That is why it is claimed by some scientists that the first 'creature' on Earth was the virus . The Great Destroyer. The source of food for Life.

34 posted on 08/20/2012 11:13:57 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: SunkenCiv

Leave it to The LORD God Almighty to make something as incredibly functional, minute, and hidden as DNA to be lovely. It looks like a beautiful necklace any lady would be happy to wear.


35 posted on 08/20/2012 11:53:43 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: UCANSEE2
That is why it is claimed by some scientists that the first 'creature' on Earth was the virus.

Viruses need host cells to reproduce. They have no ability to reproduce without hijacking a cell, turning it's mechanisms of reproduction over to the virus, which uses them to reproduce. Since it cannot reproduce without a functioning host cell it isn't possible for a virus to be the first creature; as it would have immediately gone extinct.

36 posted on 08/21/2012 12:33:49 AM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: One Name
King David; Psalms 139:14 KJV I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

King Solomon: Proverbs 9:10 KJV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

These men of old, men of great power and wealth, were humbled in their spirit before the God of the universe. We in our day, with our great power and wealth and depth of knowledge from the DNA and the expanse of the universe would be wise to also humble our spirits.

37 posted on 08/21/2012 1:22:31 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: SunkenCiv

I have a bunch of those.


38 posted on 08/21/2012 4:18:51 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Talisker
Why is NASA calling DNA a part of Astronomy?

I wondered a similar thing, when I went to Yellowstone this spring and saw that several projects at the park were funded by NASA. Apparently, NASA funds research into extremophiles (microorganisms that live in extreme conditions, e.g. in heat or salt) as part of an effort to understand what extraterrestrial life may be like.

39 posted on 08/21/2012 8:37:19 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Bellflower
Leave it to The LORD God Almighty to make something as incredibly functional, minute, and hidden as DNA to be lovely. It looks like a beautiful necklace any lady would be happy to wear.

Whenever I have worked with DNA, it looked nothing like that picture. A small amount looks like a speck of dust. A slightly larger amount looks like a yellowish smudge on the side of a tube. I've purchased purified DNA that looked like a thick stranded cotton ball.

No one has ever seen that double helix. Much like the process of evolution, the structure of DNA was determined through indirect observation, deductive reasoning, and lots of hypothesis testing.

40 posted on 08/21/2012 8:45:22 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: dr_lew

:’)


41 posted on 08/21/2012 4:19:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Talisker; dr_lew; UCANSEE2; exDemMom
Why is NASA calling DNA a part of Astronomy?
To piss me off, I'm guessin'. ;') The terrestrial shots really bug me as well.


42 posted on 08/21/2012 4:26:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: UCANSEE2

That was excellent!


43 posted on 08/21/2012 4:26:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: UCANSEE2

Hey, what is Jacob’s Ladder if not the double helix of DNA? ;’)


44 posted on 08/21/2012 4:26:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Bellflower
Since it cannot reproduce without a functioning host cell it isn't possible for a virus to be the first creature; as it would have immediately gone extinct.

Nah... it just waited. Viruses are not exactly alive to begin with, so it's difficult for them to die. There was no need to reproduce until there was something to feed on.

In actuality, no one really knows which was first, as we haven't even resolved the chicken or the egg scenario to begin with.

What cell, or creature, do you think was first ?

45 posted on 08/21/2012 8:37:00 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: SunkenCiv
We can even find very similar designs in other places.


46 posted on 08/21/2012 8:43:47 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thank you for the compliment.


47 posted on 08/21/2012 8:46:53 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: SunkenCiv

BTW, which Jacob’s Ladder do you mean ?

The one Jacob dreamed of?

The one King Tut played with?

Or the one that involves an electric arc traveling up a set of almost parallel rods ?


48 posted on 08/21/2012 8:54:00 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: UCANSEE2

...or maybe Bruce Hornsby’s. ;’)

The first one.


49 posted on 08/22/2012 1:54:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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