A Step Inside Biology

Today in biology class many terms were flying around the room. As students engaged in God's world a sense of wonder emerged in the room and redirected students from wonder of creation to the Creator.

Big words, like as alleles, autosomes, karyotypes, and heterozygous bounced off the walls as the Biology teacher strolled between work stations. She called on students for definitions and examples as they reviewed for an upcoming test.

Today’s topic was Sex-Linked Traits--those special characteristics attributed to combinations of the XX and Xy chromosomes. Laughter ensued as a photo of a man sporting long ear hairs was brought up--a pesky trait reserved only for males.

Blood phenotypes were reviewed and the disorder hemophilia was introduced; a disorder once known as the Royal Family Disease because of its prevalence among descendents of Queen Victoria.

Students diagramed punnett squares to visualize gene combinations with recessive and dominant features that produce such conditions. As the class drew to a close, the teacher pulled up a video to underscore color-blindness, which is carried on the X chromosome.

The video depicts a young father who tries on a special pair of glasses that enable him to see color for the first time. Many students in the classroom dried their own tears as they watched the man’s amazement, who experienced something he had never seen. The question was posed by the teacher, “What would this man’s response be if he were experiencing this wonder in light of God as the creator?”

One student replied, “God created so much more than we are even aware of, more than what we can see.”

The words from the class reminded a few staff members of the following verses:

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10

Dawn SynstelienComment