Mimicking Molecules Manifest a Maker | The Institute for Creation Research
Mimicking Molecules Manifest a Maker

A recent study discovered that certain molecules mimic the exact shapes of other molecules, allowing them to interact in a way that protects the genetic integrity of their host organism.

Researchers discovered the critical role for the mimicking molecule and DNA repair factor Rad60 by using supercomputing power in conjunction with X-ray crystallization. They mapped the place of each atom in the molecule, including each nook and cranny of the outer surfaces. What they found is that Rad60 has regions that are shaped exactly like parts of another protein called SUMO. Thus, Rad60, when expressed, can interact with the same proteins that SUMO does.

This is a small part of the complicated and precise process that maintains genome stability. This keeps DNA from breaking down and falling apart when it is most vulnerable—while being copied just prior to cell division. “Maintaining genome stability is critical to an organism's survival because genetic defects can promote tumors, aging, and neurodegenerative disease.”1

This research has provided another example of what former university lecturer and author L. R. Croft called “molecular perfection,”2 or what biochemist Michael Behe later termed “irreducible complexity.”3 Jeff Perry of The Scripps Research Institute, a lead author of the new study, said, "We know that changing a single amino acid can break the [protein] binding. When you disrupt this interface, it creates instability and once that happens, the integrity of the genome can't be protected."1

And without the genome, the organism dies. As science discovers more precisely-fitting molecules upon which life depends, it uncovers more reasons to reject the proposal that all of these components came together by themselves fortuitously at the same time. Life, therefore, had to be a purposeful construction by a Creator God.

References

  1. Scripps Research Scientists Uncover Mimicry at the Molecular Level in a Critical Pathway that Protects Genome Integrity. The Scripps Research Institute press release, April 13, 2009, reporting on research published in Prudden, J. et al. Molecular mimicry of SUMO promotes DNA repair. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Published online April 12, 2009.
  2. Croft, L. R. 1988. How Life Began. Durham, England: Evangelical Press, 131.
  3. Behe, M. J. 1996. Darwin’s Black Box. New York: Simon & Schuster, 39.

* Mr. Thomas is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.

Article posted on April 29, 2009.

The Latest
NEWS
Inside December 2020 Acts & Facts
What is ICR’s mission? Why are volunteers vital to our ministry? How do you prepare for creation ministry? What legacy does Dr. Henry M. Morris...

ACTS & FACTS
Perhaps Today!
When I was a young boy, I remember a small, humble plaque that hung on the wall in my grandfather’s ICR office directly opposite his desk. Painted...

APOLOGETICS
December, Winter Weather, and Washington
Wintry-mix weather dominated Christmas night in 1776 as General George Washington and his boat-ferried troops crossed the Delaware River to surprise...

ACTS & FACTS
How Do I Prepare for Creation Ministry?
Many of today’s creation researchers can testify that information from the Institute for Creation Research sparked a burning, lifelong passion...

ACTS & FACTS
Dr. Henry M. Morris III: A Kingdom-Focused Life
Dr. Henry M. Morris III has been at the heart of the Institute for Creation Research’s ministry work for decades, using his gifts as a leader,...

DISCOVERY CENTER
Volunteering God's Creation Truth
“Welcome to the ICR Discovery Center!” Kerry greets the guests with a smile as they walk into the exhibit hall. “Is this your first...

ACTS & FACTS
Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?
Scott Arledge and Brian Thomas, Ph.D. “The odds that we are in base reality is one in billions,” says famed inventor Elon Musk.1...

ACTS & FACTS
Osteostracans Aren't Ancestors
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis...

ACTS & FACTS
The Fossils Still Say No: The Cambrian Explosion
The modern theory of evolution has its roots in Charles Darwin’s 1859 book On the Origin of Species, in which he proposed the fundamental conjecture...

RESEARCH
Rogue Moths Didn't Start Out That Way
Butterflies and moths fluttering around a flower are a beautiful sight. They innocently lap up nectar and float on the wind. Countless plants depend...