THE NOT-SO-SIMPLE SINGLE CELL
As research uncovers hitherto unexpected complexity in single-celled organisms, evolution’s imagined ‘simple’ single-celled
ancestor of all multi-celled creatures is getting harder to imagine.
Even just getting a reasonably accurate estimate of the total protein content of a cell—necessary for understanding cellular
functions and processes—has proven to be quite a challenge. This is so even for the oft-studied Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a
single-cell yeast species. But in a new attempt, a research team recently did an analysis across 21 separate datasets of protein
abundance, and they estimated that an average yeast cell has about 42 million protein molecules in total.
While most of the different types of the (currently presumed) 5,858 proteins have somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000
molecules, some are represented by just a few molecules, while others might number up to half a million. These numbers are
not static, varying greatly in response to changes in environmental conditions, in turn affecting cellular functions and even
the yeast’s phenotype (form).
Ho, B., et al., Unification of protein abundance datasets yields a quantitative Saccharomyces cerevisiae proteome, Cell Systems 6:1– 14, 20 February 2018 |
WHY BELIEVE IN ALIENS?
North Dakota State University psychology researchers recently investigated belief in extra-terrestrial intelligence (ETI).
Despite this requiring, as they pointed out, a willingness to believe
without any compelling scientific evidence (i.e. a leap of faith), they
found it was more common among people with low levels of religiosity.
Thus, atheists and agnostics recorded higher levels of ETI belief than
religious (primarily Christian) believers. What the researchers did not
point out is that atheists and agnostics are also more likely to believe
From this and other results of their surveys they concluded that the
motivation for ETI beliefs is often a desire to find purpose and meaning
in life. To those not wanting to believe in God, belief in intelligent aliens
(especially ones that have travelled to Earth, and influenced or interacted
with humans) may be more comforting than the thought that we are alone
in an uncaring universe.
In this age when ‘ET’ is for many a substitute religion, solid biblical
answers that also make sense of the many reports and sightings are vital.
The release of CMI’s acclaimed documentary Alien Intrusion, based on
Gary Bates’s book of that name and exposing the spiritual deception, is
thus very timely. See alienintrusion.com.
Routledge, C., Abeyta, A.A. and Roylance, C., We are not alone: The meaning motive,
religiosity, and belief in extraterrestrial intelligence, Motivation & Emotion 41( 2):135–146
April 2017 | doi: 10.1007/s11031-017-9605-y.
BRITTLE STARS SHOW NO EVOLUTION
The fossil of a brittle star (ophiuroid), a type of starfish, found in the
mountains of Connemara, Ireland, is being touted as 435 million years
old. Long-age-believing scientists say the brittle star evolved around
500 million years ago in an ancient sea that “covered Ireland” and
retreated 400 million years ago due to plate tectonics. However, the
scientists admit that the starfish is very similar to the brittle stars of
today, which still live off the coast of Ireland.
As well as telling us that the world is 6,000 years old, making
the millions and billions of years of secular ‘prehistory’ impossible,
the Bible explains that creatures reproduce according to their kind,
and don’t change into something radically different—a fact entirely
supported by the fossil record worldwide. So we would expect that
brittle stars would give rise only to more brittle stars.
The Bible also describes a global Flood that occurred 4,500 years
ago. A sea creature on a mountain range, placed there and fossilized
by the action of water, and almost identical to its modern cousins, sits
very well with the Bible’s version of history.
Moonan, N., Meet the 435 million-year-old starfish which lived in an ancient ocean in
Galway, msn.com, January 2018.