Metaphysics (易学)

The Genetic Code Function and iChing Hexagram

The Code Function, I was reading an article on human genetic research. And, was drawn to the canonical genetic code. This code comprised of 64 codons, triplets of the nucleic acid bases. Namely: Adenine, Cytosine, Guanine or Uracil, abbreviated as A, C, G, and U.

In the language of mathematical coding theory the codons correspond with code words; the codons are all 64 three-letter code words that can be made up by the four letter alphabet {A, C, G, U}.

Adenine (A) is a nucleobase (a purine derivative). Molar mass: 135.13 g/mol (9).

Uracil (U) is one of the four nucleobases in the nucleic acid RNA that are represented by the letters A, G, C and U. The others are adenine, cytosine, and guanine. In RNA, uracil binds to adenine via two hydrogen bonds. Molar mass: 112.0868 g/mol (4).

Guanine (G) is one of the four main nucleobases found in the nucleic acids DNA and RNA, the others being adenine, cytosine, and thymine (uracil in RNA). Molar mass: 151.13 g/mol (7).

Cytosine (C) is one of the four main bases found in DNA and RNA, along with adenine, guanine, and thymine. It is a pyrimidine derivative, with a heterocyclic aromatic ring and two substituents attached. Molar mass: 111.1 g/mol (3).

What draws me in is the resemblance of this mathematical table with iChing 64 hexagram – “The Book of Change”. Let’s boldly assign Yin Yang onto these 4 symbol.
   •  U / A = 阳爻
   •  C / G = 阴爻

In the first cell, based on trigram lines UUU and UUA doesn’t this look like Qian Gua (乾卦) and UUC and UUG look like Xun Gua (巽卦). And, if we look at it from a hexagram angle, GGUGGC doesn’t this look like Hexagram 16: Enthusiasm / Delight. 豫卦 (丁亥),震上坤下.

Enthusiasm / Delight that unleashes creativity. Like powerful music that inspires great numbers of people, loosening constraints, breaks walls and sprouting new opportunities. It is guided by the heart than the mind. Represent, an enthusiastic leader who inspires with strong character and positive energy toward a common goal.

Although, it’s just a personal observation, I believe many more theories could be uncover by scholars and researchers to link iChing (易经) with Human Genetics. Perhaps, there is a hint of iChing (易经) – “The Book of Change” is in everyone of us.

I’ll end 2020 with this reflection. And I wish everyone a blessed 2021.