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Formation of the Genetic Code
Problem VI: Which came first - proteins or DNA?
Explanation: The old puzzle of 'the chicken or the egg' rears it's head relative to proteins and DNA. Hitching says: "Proteins depend on DNA for their formation. But DNA cannot form without preexisting protein." Which came first: the protein or the DNA?
Solution: Hitching asserts "The answer must be: they developed in parallel." In effect, he is saying that 'the chicken' and 'the egg' must have evolved simultaneously, neither one coming from the other. Does this strike you as reasonable? This is just a sample of the kind of intractable problems involved in the spontaneous generation theory. There are also problems in the formation of the cell membrane, the emergence of nucleotides and the replication mechanism, which are equally, if not more, formidable.