As amino acids chemically combine to form a protein, they build what is known as the peptide bond. In building this bond, a water molecule is released. This totally invalidates the evolutionist account of primitive life emerging in the sea. According to the law known as Le Chatelier's Principle, it is impossible for a so-called condensation reaction-a reaction that gives off water-to take place in an environment that contains water. The probability of a chemical reaction taking place in a watery environment is described as the lowest possible.
Therefore, the oceans-where evolutionists say life began and where amino acids had to form-are totally unsuited to the formation of proteins. The chemist Richard E. Dickinson explains why:
If polymeric chains of proteins and nucleic acids are to be forged out of their precursor monomers, a molecule of water must be removed at each link in the chain. It is therefore hard to see how polymerization could have proceeded in the aqueous environment of the primitive ocean, since the presence of water favors depolymerization rather than polymerization.16
But in the face of this, it is also impossible for evolutionists to alter their claim and to maintain that life began on land, because the seas were supposedly the only environment capable of protecting the amino acids from harmful ultraviolet rays. Amino acids formed in the primitive atmosphere on land would be broken down by ultraviolet rays.
Yet Le Chatelier's principle makes it impossible for amino acids to have emerged in the sea! This is yet another insoluble dilemma facing the theory of evolution.
16. Richard Dickerson, "Chemical Evolution," Scientific American, Vol. 239:3, 1978, p. 75,