Scientists studying interactions between cell proteins -- which enable the cells in our bodies to function -- have shown that proteins communicate not by a series of simple one-to-one communications, but by a complex network of chemical messages. …
Researchers, including scientists from the University of Edinburgh, used advanced technology to identify hundreds of different proteins, and then used statistical analysis to identify the more important links between them, mapping almost 2000 connections in all.
Scientists expected to find simple links between individual proteins but were surprised to find that proteins were inter-connected in a complex web.
A complex web? And how did evolution create such a complex web of regulation where proteins control other proteins by adding or removing small chemical tags such as phosphate groups?
Well first there is the problem of how random change could create a protein of any kind, let alone one that performs a needed function. Then there is the problem of how evolution could stumble upon the incredibly fine-tuned functionality of adding phosphate groups to the right hydroxyl group on the right side chain of the right amino acid in the right protein. Oh and there had to be just luckily some spare phosphate groups floating around and available.
And of course after having achieved such a miracle evolution would only have progressed a tiny step in a million mile journey. For this incredible phosphorylation capability would accomplish precisely nothing. In fact without the ability to remove the phosphate group, from the right hydroxyl group on the right side chain of the right amino acid in the right protein at the right time, the phosphorylation could be disastrous. And if not disastrous it would be an incredible stroke of luck if it accomplished anything useful. It would be a miracle if it were done at the right time, and even if it was, who knows what effect it would have on whatever function the target protein just happened to have bequeathed to it by the random actions of evolution.
You see this is all a joke. A very, very, very bad joke. And we couldn’t help but be reminded of a certain letter that touched on the topic of such bad jokes:
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
It’s not too late.