Overlapping Genes

A sequence where two sentences overlap:

The first sentence:
will men understand when hens tears fall

The second sentence:
hens teers tickle when they fall

Many of the genes in the DNA sequence overlap. The last portion of some of the gene sequences is the beginning portion of the next sequence. This is called overlapping gene sequencing. The overlapped sequence in one gene is used for the ending instructions of one gene and the beginning instructions of the next.

For instance, there could be two overlapping genes in the following DNA code:


In these two genes the last 11 entries of the first are the same as the first 11 entries of the second:


But there has to be some way to designate which portion of the code belongs to which gene. This is done by markers:


So, for gene 1, the transcription mechanism starts reading at ACCT, ignores the first marker and encounters the second marker and stops. Gene 1 has been transcribed:


And when Gene 2 is ready, the transcription mechanism starts reading at AAGA and ignores the second marker reads to the end and stops. Gene 2 has been transcribed:


But there is a problem. How does the mechanism know that the second marker marks the end of Gene 1 but not the end of Gene 2? The marker has to designate which gene it is the end of because if it meant simply "end of gene" then that would mean the end of Gene 2 as well as the end of Gene 1.

It is not a simple matter of inserting a marker. The marker itself must refer to the proper gene.


Each code is correct for its particular gene, but in the second gene the place of commencement is different, so all of the subsequent instructions are different. The genes contain the information necessary to mark the commencement of each sequence so that each gene is precisely described in the minimum amount of space (this is a summary, not a quotation)

See Denton, Michael Evoloution, a Theory in Crisis (Adler & Adler, 1986), p. 336; see also Barrel, B.G. Air, G.M and Hutchinson, C.A. III(1976) Overlapping Genes in Bacteriophage 0X174, Nature 264: 34-41. Michael Denton is an Australian molecular biologist and medical doctor who is the senior research fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Ongago in New Zealand.

Imagine a clearly written paragraph that accurately describes the chemical composition of a particular protein. Now imagine that in the middle of the paragraph if one begins reading from the second letter rather than the first letter, there is another complete paragraph written over the first, so that both paragraphs are written in the same place except just one letter off. This is the overlapping that occurs in DNA strands.

The evolutionary explanation for this is that somehow the animals that had overlapping gene sequencing were able to survive better than those without it, so all those without it died out. When this theory was written in the 1850's, Darwin had absolutely no conception of gene sequencing.

Evolution offers no explantion other than pure chance as to how this was incorporated repeatedly in DNA.

Another author writes the following:

"For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse ... " Rom 1:20.