Reasons to Believe

TCM - Biochemical Design

  • Eat This: Zombies Are Real

    They prey on their own kind. Some might call it cannibalism, but it’s the only way they can survive. Indeed, the zombie apocalypse is here.

    Sort of.

    So-called “zombies” exist … more

  • A Skunk by Any Other Name

    Over the few short months I’ve been a visiting scholar at RTB, I’ve noticed the emergence of new terminology in the scientific literature to describe data and observations that don’t … more

  • Where Did Earth Get Its Phosphorus?

    Phosphates serve as the backbone for all nucleic acids and are the major repository of chemical energy for metabolism. The human body contains about 11,000 parts per million of phosphorus by weight. … more

  • Restricted by Design

    Rational Design of Novel Enzyme Highlights Biochemical Design

    In 1978, three scientists (Hamilton Smith, Werner Arber, and Daniel Nathans) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for … more

  • Twisted by Design

    Scientists Create Novel Allosteric Enzyme

    It’s not out of the ordinary for my wife to call me on my cell phone when I’m on the way home from the office to ask me to get something at the … more

  • Biochemical Synonyms Optimized, Part 2 of 2

    New Study Uncovers More Evidence for Biochemical Optimization and Intelligent Design

    My new favorite drink is Coke Zero. I love how this zero-calorie soda tastes like the real thing, without any of … more

  • Creation vs. Evolution: Why a Model Is Essential

    One of the most frequent complaints scientists make about the Intelligent Design movement is that their brand of intelligent design is not testable, falsifiable, or predictive. This brand lacks these … more

  • Biochemical Synonyms Optimized, Part 1 of 2

    New Study Uncovers More Evidence for Biochemical Optimization and Intelligent Design

    Most people who do a lot of writing find a thesaurus a valuable resource. Having a list of synonyms handy helps … more

  • Inability to Repeat the Past Dooms Evolution

    Philosopher George Santayana, an important intellectual at the turn of the last century, produced a number of influential philosophical works. Ironically, few people know about his philosophy. … more

  • Faster by Design, Part 2 of 2

    Scientists Create Enzyme from Scratch

    As the business adage goes, “Time is money.” Time is also a valuable resource for living organisms. By themselves, most chemical reactions needed to … more

  • Faster by Design, Part 1 of 2

    Scientists Create Enzyme from Scratch

    I have three teenage daughters who frustrate me to no end at times. I’m the type of person that likes to get where I’m going a few minutes early. And … more

  • Déjá vu—Again, Part 1 of 2

    Newly Discovered Example of Convergence Challenges Biological Evolution

    “It’s like déjá vu all over again.” This expression, attributed to Hall of Fame catcher Yogi … more

  • An Unexpected Find

    New research uncovers an unanticipated role for pseudogenes, undermines one of the best arguments for biological evolution

    As I described last week, I love trolling about the aisles of club stores in … more

  • A Couple of Tasty Morsels

    A sampling of new research uncovers more function for junk DNA, undermines one of the best arguments for biological evolution

    My wife enjoys shopping at large club stores. I, however, don’t … more

  • Bombarded by Design

    “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” — Richard Dawkins, atheist biologist, in The Blind Watchmaker … more

  • Traffic Signals in the Cell

    I saw a film a while back where a key part of the plot involved the main characters establishing control over the traffic lights in a major city. By slightly “adjusting” the action of the … more

  • Bacteria: Ordered and Organized

    Latest Discoveries Highlight the Exquisite Molecular Arrangement of Simplest Life

    Spring will soon be upon us. It’s the time of year when a young man’s fancy turns to love (or baseball, … more

  • Little Motors, Big Designer

    As a student I came across the humorous definition of a nuclear physicist as one who was “learning more and more about less and less, until finally he knew everything about nothing.” In … more

  • A Biochemical Watch Found in a Cellular Heath

    Kai ABC Proteins Re-invigorate the Watchmaker Argument for God’s Existence

    My first inclination would be to keep the watch. But, I would like to think that after the initial excitement of … more