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Water Photolysis

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Using an x-ray scanning microscope, a team of biochemists uncovered evidence for design when they successfully mapped the structure of the photosystem within a cyanobacterium (blue-green alga). In blue-green algae photosynthesis, light energy is exploited to drive the oxidation of water. The team discovered that the key to the mechanism that results in a controlled oxidation rate of water is a cubane-like cluster (atoms arranged to form corners of a cube) of metal compounds. This amazing and exquisite design of the water oxidation complex in the photosystem of cyanobacteria points to supernatural design.  

Kristina N. Ferreira, et al, “Architecture of the Photosynthetic Oxygen-Evolving Center,” Science, 303 (2004), pp. 1831-1838; A. W. Rutherford and A. Boussac, “Water Photolysis in Biology,” Science, 303 (2004), pp. 1282-1284.    

RTB book: The Origins of Life by Rana and Ross

Video: Unlocking the Mystery of Life

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