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which are irrelevant to the discussion. If it has a natural explanation, it doesn't require an appeal to intelligence.

Nice attempt at side-stepping my comments.

You claim that DNA "looks designed" to you.

I claim that these natural formations possess many attributes that YOU would attribute to "looking designed".

Things that "look designed" upon a cursory inspection may in fact have natural explanations when examined in detail. My contention is that you certainly don't and scientists may not possess enough information to provide a completely naturalistic explanation, but that's no reason to invoke god and declare that no further investigation needs to be made.

Let me reiterate my position on this:
Saying that God designed DNA is a perfectly OK statement to make from a religious perspective.

However, it is NOT OK to make as a scientific explanation. Science looks for the mechanics or rules that Nature/God uses to make things. These rules are consistent meaning we have no evidence that the mechanics of the Universe change. Therefore, Science doesn't care whether a distant God utilized the properties of the Universe to design and build all living things or not. Science just wants to know what those rules are.
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