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Light Harvesting Complex

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A team of biochemists uncovered evidence for design when they successfully mapped the structure of the light-gathering complex in the cells of spinach leaves. They found inside the cells on the sunward surfaces of spinach leaves a complex of 24 chlorophyll molecules arranged in a specific configuration that absorbed and redirected light energy efficiently. The chlorophyll molecules also functioned as light and heat dissipaters during high-light conditions when the cell is in danger of being cooked by too much sunlight. This amazing and exquisite design of the spinach leaf chlorophyll complex points to supernatural design.  

Zhenfeng Liu et al., “Crystal Structure of Spinach Major Light-Harvesting Complex at 2.72 A° Resolution,” Nature, 428 (2004), pp. 287-292.


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Dr. Fazale Rana

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana