Hello board atheists, I have been a Clinical Trial Assistant for over a decade and was an agnostic for decades before EVER coming to believe in a God. This reality cannot be explained adequately from a materialistic viewpoint. Science cannot explain this either (though some have made weak illogical hypothetical attempts)….so read the presentation of these known facts and give your best explanation… Genomes are the cell’s information storage systems as well as its directions for the formation of all the proteins necessary for the cell to exist. These are assembled through the functioning of the DNA of the host individual. I should add that it is a fact that the DNA can only perform this assembly and production function within the environment of a functional cell, with transcription and translation processes (and the related required partner organelles) already in place. There is no free floating DNA that could become or produce its own cellular environment. In fact there is no free floating DNA period (it immediately denatures). If there were free floating DNA apart from these other catalysts and sub-systems it can DO nothing! The very necessary catalysts of these functions, and the structural proteins of these necessary (in fact required) organelles, are actually made according to the encoding in the self-same DNA without which they cannot perform their required functions in these areas. There is no such thing as a living cell (even bacterium) that does not yet have DNA of one form or another). Cells without functional DNA (of which there is no such thing) would be dead! DNA simply cannot do what it would do without the other systems and catalysts being functional and in place simultaneously (which are produced according to its instructions), and theycannot exist without there being fully functional DNA encoding already extant. Therefore, one cannot precede and continue to exist while the other symbiotic and necessary inter-dependent forms and functions are evolving over thousands or millions of years, it is just not a possibility that exists. Partial, incomplete cells, cannot live… Therefore, the cell had to become a cell all at once but this negates the theory of a cell as evolving. No cell without DNA and no DNA without a cell….and this is not a chicken and egg scenario because in that, one by necessity MUST COME FIRST. In the case of the DNA/Cell scenario, one CANNOT COME FIRST…both simultaneously must be, in order to be at all.