Ribosome Study Challenges RNA World

Ribosome study challenges RNA world according to reports in ScienceDaily and PLoS ONE 2012; 7 (3): e32776 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032776, 12 March 2012. Evolutionary biologists have long faced a “chicken and egg” problem of which biological molecules came first: proteins or nucleic acids (the NA in DNA and RNA). Both of these are highly complex molecules, […]

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Re-designed DNA Doesn’t Fit

Re-designed DNA doesn’t fit, as noted in a brief item in Nature, vol. 440, p604, 10 August 2006. The “D” in DNA stands for deoxyribose, a sugar molecule made from a five sided ring of carbon atoms. Five sided sugars are called pentoses. Most other sugar molecules, such as glucose, are made from six sided […]

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Rats, It’s War!

Rats, it’s war! Evolutionists claim the increasing resistance of pests such as rats to chemical killers over the last few decades is an example of evolution occurring before our eyes. Not so, says the inventor of a new rat poison, in New Scientist 3 July 1999, p7, who claims that the common component of rat […]

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Quote: Reader’s Digest on Testosterone

“Without Testosterone, humans would essentially revert to the default, which is female. The Book of Genesis is therefore wrong. It isn’t women who are made out of men. Men are made out of women. Testosterone, to stretch the metaphor, is Eve’s rib.” Readers Digest September 2000, USA edition, p. 85 Editorial Comment: The reason the […]

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Protein Shield Protects Embryos

Protein shield protects embryos, according to a report in Nature, vol 414, p xi, 8 November 2001. A protein named FasL on the surface of cells prevents white blood cells from killing the cells. Embryos need this protection because they have molecules on their surfaces that they inherited from their fathers as well as from […]

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Primordial Pac-Man

Primordial Pac-Man as moving oil droplets hint at life’s origin, according to New Scientist, 23 January 2011, p8 and 5 March 2011, p8-9. Researchers have injected oil drops with reactive chemicals which lower the oil’s surface tension and results in moving the oil drops forward. The droplets can even negotiate a maze if the entrance […]

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Primeval Soup Re-Brewed

Primeval soup re-brewed, as reported in Scientific American, 28 March 2007. Jeffrey Bada of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, California, has revisited the famous “origin of life” experiment made famous by Stanley Miller 1953. Miller’s experiment produced amino acids, which are essential building blocks for living cells, by exposing a mixture of methane and ammonia to […]

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Instant Sunscreen for Plants

Instant sunscreen for plants, reported in ScienceNOW, 21 January 2005. Plants absorb light to power the process of photosynthesis, but if there is too much light the plants can absorb more energy than they can use, and the excess energy causes the formation of highly reactive molecules that can damage the plant cells. Scientists at […]

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Instant Petrified Wood

Instant petrified wood reported in BBC Online News, 25 Jan 2005 and news@nature 28 Jan 2005. Petrified wood is commonly believed to have been formed when trees were buried in mud without oxygen and, they slowly absorb minerals from the mud which turns the wood to stone over the following millions of years. A team […]

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How Poison Frogs Get Their Poison

How poison frogs get their poison reported in ScienceNOW and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 8 August 2005, and the New York Times, 9 August 2005. Poisonous frogs contain toxic chemicals called alkaloids in their skin, but most do not actually manufacture the chemicals themselves. Recently scientists found that poisonous frogs in Panama […]

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