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Membrane Fusion Design

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More evidence for design comes from a biochemical study of protein interactions. Using an x-ray scanning microscope a team of biochemists successfully mapped the structure of a set of proteins responsible for the fusion of biological membranes. They found that the protein stretched out to grab a loop at one end of one membrane and an anchor structure at the end of a second membrane and then proceeded to fold back in such a way that the loop was hooked to the anchor. In addition the team found structures in the membrane fusion proteins that could bring about the formation of fusion pores. The structures and efficient functions of these membrane fusion proteins demonstrate exquisite design that defies evolutionary theory but affirms biblical creation.

Don L. Gibbins, et al, “Conformational Change and Protein-Protein Interactions of the Fusion Protein of Semliki Forest Virus,” Nature, 427 (2004), pp. 320-325.


RTB article: Fuz’s Facts for Faith article on membrane design

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Subjects: Biochemical Design

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