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February 24, 2012

Protein Folding

I went to a talk last week on protein folding, given by one of the College’s chemistry profs. I was delighted to find that there is a mechanism for correcting folding sequences that go wrong. Any folder will recognize this situation immediately: you get almost to the end and see flaps sticking out in all the wrong places. So you curse a little and then unfold back to the part that you knew was right and start over. Some might say, ah, evidence of intelligent design! Well, maybe — intelligent design is certainly a plausible theory, but it presupposes that humans would be intelligent enough to recognize it if they saw it. There exists nowhere any evidence at all for that. Puny humans. Howsobeit, it is evidence of good design and even Morbo the Annihillator would appreciate that.

 

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One Response to “Protein Folding”

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    Mike Naughton Says:

    “… intelligent design is certainly a plausible theory, but it presupposes that humans would be intelligent enough to recognize it if they saw it. There exists nowhere any evidence at all for that.”

    Nicely (and succinctly) said! :-)

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