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Manufacturing a molecule in a laboratory environment is not evidence for evolution

The 29 October issue of the magazine Nature carried an article titled ‘Scientists Make Enzyme That Could Explain the Origin of Life on Earth.’ Scientists manufactured a molecule they named a ‘ribozyme’ under test tube conditions and claimed that this constituted evidence for evolution. First and foremost, this Darwinist claim is nothing new, and we have responded to claims concerning ‘evolution in test tube’ on previous occasions.

Contrary to what the article maintains, this experiment did not involve a molecule emerging from nothing and by chance. The test tube contained already existing RNA, and a change was brought about in that. Various inconsistencies in the article and frequently reiterated questions such as ‘How is it that the first RNA came into being and how did the enzyme come to function in this way?’ are significant in showing that the result of the experiment does not constitute evidence for evolution.

To reiterate, a single piece of ‘already existing’ RNA was taken, and this then performs copying based on the original RNA strand.

The article is entirely based on speculation and is dressed up with demagoguery devoid of any scientific evidence. Evolutionists claim that the first molecule supposedly came into being by chance under the effect of natural conditions. Therefore, in order to constitute evidence for evolution, the molecule in this study of ‘evolution in a test tube’ in the laboratory would also have to form in the same way. However, the ‘ribozyme’ did not form by chance but in a controlled laboratory environment, with copying being performed using already existing RNA. No molecule came into existence from nothing, in other words, there is no production out of nothingness.

In addition, there is no such thing in the molecular sense of ‘chance formation’ of the kind that Darwinists maintain. Other proteins are absolutely essential for RNA or protein to form. This scientific fact is one of the most fatal blows to the theory of evolution.

DNA contains the codes, RNA molecules and the proteins that constitute the cells and bodies of living things. RNA stands for ribonucleic acid: Genetic data is copied from the DNA molecule as RNA molecules, and protein molecules are synthesized from these copies. 

RNA is a copy of DNA. When protein needs to be encoded from any gene, messenger RNAs, which are the copies of the genes, are produced. Both RNA and proteins or DNA itself can be synthesized by proteins using energy inside a living cell, which is a highly controlled and a special environment, unlike nature. This scientific fact refutes all the claims of the theory of evolution right from the outset and proves the fact of Creation.

In fact, Darwinists are perfectly well aware that proteins cannot come into being by chance and can only be synthesized in the presence of other proteins and most importantly the DNA. That is why they from time to time resort to imaginary scenarios such as RNA molecules known as ribozymes, in other words enzymes with the ability to self replicate, forming by chance.

The fact is that no RNA molecules able to self-copy have ever been observed in nature[1]. More importantly, it is impossible for RNA molecules to form by chance in the absence of other proteins, namely the enzymes[2].

The study in question never goes into this, merely using RNA molecules already present, in the laboratory environment because the ribonucleic acids that constitute RNA can only be synthesized by enzymes.

Therefore, since the study in question uses already -present RNA molecules in a completely controlled laboratory environment, it in fact represents evidence for Creation. This experiment, in which nothing was left to chance, proves, not evolution, but that life can never come into being by chance.


By all means, this experiment refutes evolution scientifically and proves that contrary to the claims of the evolutionists, Allah created life with His infinite might and wisdom.

Were We exhausted by the first creation? Yet they are dubious about the new creation. (Surat al-Qaf, 15)



[1] Alberts Molecular Biology of The Cell 5 th edition p 402, 2008 Garland Science

[2] Alberts Molecular Biology of The Cell p 407, 5th edition 2008 Garland Science

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