Michael J. Denton, M.D., Ph.D.

Molecular Biologist

Bristol University (1969)

Medical Degree

King’s College, London University (1974)

Ph.D. – Biochemistry

Post-Graduate Medical School, London


Biochemistry Department at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Senior Research Fellow (1990-2005)

The Complex "Simple" Cell

“The complexity of the simplest known type of cell is so great that it is impossible to accept that such an object could have been thrown together suddenly by some kind of freakish, vastly improbable, event. Such an occurrence would be indistinguishable from a miracle.”

Michael Denton’s research reveals that the simplest cell, throbs with life far more complex in structure and function than any mechanism yet conceived by humans. “To grasp the reality of life as it has been revealed by molecular biology, we must magnify a cell a thousand million times until it is 20 kilometers in diameter and resembles a giant airship large enough to cover a great city like London or New York…

“What we would then see would be an object of unparalleled complexity and adaptive design. On the surface of the cell we would see millions of openings, like the portholes of a vast spaceship, opening and closing to allow a continual stream of materials to flow in and out. If we were to enter one of these openings we would find ourselves in a world of supreme technology and bewildering complexity…

“The simplest of the functional components of the cell, the protein molecules, were astonishingly, complex pieces of molecular machinery, each one consisting of about 3,000 atoms… What we would be witnessing would be an object resembling an immense automated factory… larger than any city and carrying out almost as many unique functions as all the manufacturing activities of man on earth…a factory which would have one capacity not equaled in any of our own most advanced machines, for it would be capable of replicating its entire structure within a matter of a few hours.”

“The tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, weighing less than 10-12 gms; each is in effect a microminiaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machine built by man… The size, structure, and component design of the protein synthetic machinery is practically the same in all living cells… no living system can be thought of as being primitive or ancestral with respect to any other system, nor is there the slightest empirical hint of an evolutionary sequence among all the incredibly diverse cells on earth.”


*Dr. Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis (Bethesda, Maryland: Adler & Adler, 1986) pp. 264, 328-9, & 250.

Evolution: A Theory In Crisis
AuthorMichael J. Denton
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Adler & Adler; 3rd edition (April 15, 1986)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 091756152X
ISBN-13: 978-0917561528
List Price: $22.95

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