A Little Friday Friviolity - found via link on the Molecule of the Day blog were comments on - gulp - that guanine oxidizes.
No. Say it aint so. What conclusions might be drawn from that you wonder - well apparently more than you may have thought.
Scientists in the Design Movement have no doubt that the original optimal designs of life have been degraded. .....
Here we take up Mr. Meyer's challenges. We identify the single biggest mistake in all of biology. That mistake is Guanine. And what a mistake it is!
Ambitious. Not even Venter is trying to redesign biology itself.
Just what is the problem exactly.
Incredibly, Guanine is chemically unstable. Guanine, in the oxidizing environment of a cell converts to 8-oxoGuanine. Guanine is so unstable that 100,000 Guanines convert to 8-oxoGuanines in an average mammalian cell each day (1). Cells have elaborate and multilayered systems to repair 8-oxoGuanine (2) in their attempts to maintain genetic integrity. Even so, 8-oxoGuanine causes spontaneous mutation, cancer and aging (3,4).
Here we have a paragraph of scientific accuuracy (ignoring the "incredibly!"). By the way - the other nucleobases are unstable too - just in different ways.
Is it conceivable that an intelligent and beneficent designer would use Guanine to encode genetic information in man, made in God's own image?
I just love it when someone presumes to know the mind of God. But to answwer the question...uhmmm...yeah, it is in fact concievable.
We can say with certainty that there was no Guanine in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had C, A and T, but not G in their DNA. This conclusion is consistent with the expectations of many theologians who think, based on their understanding of Judeo-Christian doctrine and scripture, that the physical world was optimally designed but should show evidence of subsequent decay. Mr. Meyer suggests that we should deduce the noble aboriginal design.
Certainty? Really? Well that is impressive and contrary to ..well...everything. Hey, you had references in the earlier section, why none here??
Tell me more about this reDiscovery Institute.
Our primary focus is to extend and promote Design Theories, which have been so successful in Biology, to the fields of Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology, Atmospheric Science and Meteorology, Oceanography, Material Science, Acoustics, Condensed Matter Physics, Fluid Dynamics, Nuclear Physics, and Anthropology.
Our goals are to Teach the Controversies, all of them, each and every one.
Ambitious mission; and why not add polotics to that initial list? Let me know how that works out for you.