Life from Non-life is a Statistical Impossibility


Life from Non-life is a Statistical Impossibility


The Amazing Protein

The protein molecule adds structure and function to every living cell. It is a long molecule that contains many subunit molecules all bonded together. These subunit molecules are called amino acids and are composed of the elements nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen. There are twenty amino acids that are involved in living plants and animals. A typical protein will have between 100 to 300 amino acids connected in a definite sequence. These amino acid sequences give the protein its shape and its potential to function as a basic unit of a component of the cell.

It should be noted that the amino acid molecule has a mirror image. Just as one’s right hand is a mirror image of the left hand, so amino acids have a left and a right-hand side to their molecular structure. Amazingly, all observable living things are made of left-handed amino acids.

The protein is encoded with information based on the sequencing of its amino acids. Different sequences give different information, which in turn allows the protein to perform various functions. The sequencing of the amino acids begins in the DNA of the cell. Because DNA starts the process, it is very often called the information center of the cell. The big question is where does the DNA molecule receive its information? The answer is obvious — from an outside source, an intelligent Creator.

The Improbable Protein

A simple protein must have at least 100 amino acids bonded together in a set sequence. There are twenty amino acids to choose from and assuming they were available in number the probability for the formation of a protein molecule would be impossible. The probability comes out to a staggering chance of one out of 1.28 X 10115. That is 1.28 with 115 zeroes. This impossible to imagine number completely exceeds the statistical odds (1 out of 1050) that it could ever happen.

There is a 50 percent possibility that amino acids will be right-handed or left-handed. All protein molecules have left-handed amino acids. If a right-handed amino acid is added, it could be extremely toxic to the living organism. With this new variable added to the above calculation for the statistical likelihood of the formation of a protein, one is confronted with an even greater problem. Given the criteria that not only do all 100 amino acids have a specific sequence, but they are all left-handed and all bonded on the left hand, the probability that this will occur works out to one in 1.28 X 10175. This last calculation overwhelmingly demonstrates the massive problem evolution has in getting inert matter to form a protein. The statistical improbability for the next step, the formation of a single cell from all these improbable proteins, is beyond comprehension.