The Big Bang
The group that was hell-bent on taking over the world is the living group. Anything living is an Organism. Organisms are very special and unique in every way. They are Special because since that first group of atoms got together and made up the elements which formed a molecule which started life on this planet everything living now came from that single magic spark billions of years ago.
That spark created energy, E=mc2, and we can’t do it. Only Mom knows the secret ingredients and she isn’t telling anyone yet. It all started with an atom. We can split atoms. Join atoms. But we can’t create one from scratch. http://www.wimp.com/bigbang/ Every single time a cell reproduces the entire creation of life from the beginning of time happens in a split second. Now that is what you call a big bang.
We can collect seeds, exchange seeds, cross-pollinate mix and match them. We can freeze sperm but if something were to happen and all the trees and plants stopped producing seeds or the body stopped producing sperm and eggs we could not go into our laboratories or GSI super accelerators, nuclear power plants or mile long quasar tunnels and recreate that secret recipe Mom cooked up way back when those first molecules formed a cell and split in two and life began. You see we have devised a million and one ways to kill something but not one way to bring something back to life.
The population of the world is at 6,692,030,277. There are 350,000 extant species of plants. Zoologists have recorded 20,000 species of fish, 6,000 species of reptiles, 9,000 birds, 1,000 amphibians, and 15,000 species of mammals. And, although there are a million named species of insects, scientists estimate that there could be another million waiting to be discovered and named! About 1.8 Million have been given scientific names. The National Science Foundation’s “Tree of Life” project estimates that there could be anywhere from 5 million to 100 million species on the planet, but science has only identified about 2 million.
Currently we are destroying habitat and environments in the rain forests and Amazon faster than we can discover and ID species. So again we can kill something and once it is dead it is dead. We can not bring plants, animals, people or a single cell back to life. And it all started with a atom that formed the elements that formed the first molecule. This is a molecule. It consists of two or more atoms.
Molecules stick together. Not wanting to have to reinvent the wheel every time they got together Mom hardwired each molecule with the exact DNA sequences of its makeup. You know about this DNA stuff Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Mom is all about being practical so hard wiring each molecule will save a lot of time and energy in the future. Some molecules joined up with other molecules and now they are living under the same roof called a cell.
All those hardwired molecules or encoded genes that make up cells is called genetics. That’s the G in GMO’s. Each of those genes has a little piece of something from the beginning of time like oxygen, sodium, magnesium, don’t forget the starlight, and carbon. Carbon is a biggie, it is in all living things and some non-living things like water but we are not going to talk about water here because that is astrophysics and I promised to keep it simple. Just know that we need carbon and it is part of the makeup of all living things. And remember also, too much of a good thing is too much. It is all about balance.
Because of their atomic makeup those little molecules had so much energy they were bouncing off the walls inside a cell. And before you knew it there was a big bang and that little bundle of energy split in two. And miracle of miracles it created more energy when it split. Now it is making more cells. The splitting caused a chain reaction making more energy, more splitting happening at lightning speed and it couldn’t stop splitting, making new cells, until you have every living, breathing thing here on earth. That’s an Organism and it is life. That is the O in GMO. Look around you. Everything living and breathing that started billions of years ago is still dividing, and multiplying and trying to take over the world.
For something to be alive it has to do these 6 things.
Reproduce, Grow, Breath, Change with the environment, Make energy, Die
Rocks, gold, silver, diamonds and the like don’t eat, breath, die or excrete, or get together and make more rocks, gold and silver or diamonds. That would be nice but these are non-living things. These have nothing to do with Organisms.
Life is just one continuous Bang after another.
This is a Single human cell. This was you and me a nanosecond before the big bang occurs and a little atomic reaction called nuclear fission goes off, bang, and the cell divides. Got a clone. Mother like daughter.
Now you have two totally self-sufficient cells with encoded molecules that have everything they need to divide again. They work creating energy and divide again, bang, bang and in a blink of an eye a hundred trillion little bangs traveling at the speed of light form cells that form a person with ears, blue eyes, a nose, pinkie toes, left handed, brown hair, Nervous system, Circulatory system, Endocrine system, Muscular system, Reproductive system, Respiratory system, Skeletal system, Excretory system. It’s a freaking miracle don’t you know.
The original cell is mom and the split cell an exact duplicate is the daughter. This is genetics and eventually after all the banging is over you get born. This is the end result of a single cell with noses in its DNA.
Just a little side note here. The question may arise. Why don’t we all look exactly alike if we all start out as a clone of the original cell? Now we are getting into astrophysics. But it is suffice to say that the odds of every atom hooking up with exactly the same encoded molecules that determine hair and eye color, size, shape, etc is astronomical. In lay terms, the odds are a little greater than winning the lottery. And because we can not recreate time, ah ha, there’s the rub that time thing, duplication at the time of creation is, lets just say for all intensive purposes impossible. And that is the reason why every single living thing on earth is absolutely unique. That is to say also, you are an original.
Plants cells do the Big Bang too.
Now we get to the part that explains why trees don’t have noses. This is a plant cell.
It is different from an animal cell. Different because the genes in the plant cell are programmed to make roots, stems and leaves, not bones, tissues and organs. It is a wonder. And this concludes part 2.
Part three is about two extraordinary developments. The Plant and Animal Kingdoms and the beginning of the F’en Wars. Stay tune.
Part 1 of the GMO story: Do Trees Sneeze?
Part 2 of the GMO Story: The Big Bang.
Part 3 of the GMO Story- They Kingdom Come Thy will be Done
Part 4 of the GMO Story: Attack of the Killer Tomato
Part 5 of the GMO Story: End of the Line for GMO’s