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Günter Blobel (1936–2018), Nobelist ‘99, found cell zip codes

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From Robert D. McFadden at the New York Times:

Günter Blobel, a molecular biologist who was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering that proteins in any living cell have virtual ZIP codes that guide them to where they can help regulate body tissues, organs and chemistry, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 81.

The mystery Dr. Blobel confronted was how cells control their internal traffic, so that large proteins can get through tightly sealed membranes surrounding their birthplace and then travel to sites within the cell, or even through cell walls on intercellular trips through the body, where they can find specific worksites, called organelles (little organs) and penetrate them to perform assigned tasks. More.

The reader who sent us the link notes, “The man’s life work seems very IDish. He discovered there is a universal ZIP code system that cells use to navigate around the body, operating without issue for millions of years. That doesn’t sound like random evolution to me.”

At this point, it probably doesn’t sound random to very many people at all but—depending on where you work—if you want to keep your job, you just have to emit that stuff, right?

In 2005, Blobel was among the Nobelists sent a letter warning against teaching intelligent design to US governors.

His Nobel bio.

See also: And now, the internet of cells

and

Researcher: Genome not an unstructured strand but “a highly structured and meaningful design”

One Reply to “Günter Blobel (1936–2018), Nobelist ‘99, found cell zip codes

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    bornagain77 says:

    Of related note, besides the fact that zip codes for proteins “doesn’t sound like random evolution to me”, the basic biological form that any particular organism may take will forever be beyond the ability of the reductive materialistic framework of Darwinian evolution to explain.

    Darwinism vs Biological Form – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyNzNPgjM4w

    As Talbott asks in the following article, the question, rather, is why things don’t fall completely apart — as they do, in fact, at the moment of death. What power holds off that moment — precisely for a lifetime, and not a moment longer?

    The Unbearable Wholeness of Beings – Stephen L. Talbott – 2010
    Excerpt: Virtually the same collection of molecules exists in the canine cells during the moments immediately before and after death. But after the fateful transition no one will any longer think of genes as being regulated, nor will anyone refer to normal or proper chromosome functioning. No molecules will be said to guide other molecules to specific targets, and no molecules will be carrying signals, which is just as well because there will be no structures recognizing signals. Code, information, and communication, in their biological sense, will have disappeared from the scientist’s vocabulary.
    ,,, the question, rather, is why things don’t fall completely apart — as they do, in fact, at the moment of death. What power holds off that moment — precisely for a lifetime, and not a moment longer?
    Despite the countless processes going on in the cell, and despite the fact that each process might be expected to “go its own way” according to the myriad factors impinging on it from all directions, the actual result is quite different. Rather than becoming progressively disordered in their mutual relations (as indeed happens after death, when the whole dissolves into separate fragments), the processes hold together in a larger unity.
    http://www.thenewatlantis.com/.....-of-beings

    The answer to that question, i.e. the question, rather, is why things don’t fall completely apart — as they do, in fact, at the moment of death. What power holds off that moment — precisely for a lifetime, and not a moment longer?, is an answer that is VERY friendly to Theistic concerns and VERY antagonistic to Darwinian/Atheistic concerns:

    Darwinian Materialism vs Quantum Biology – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHdD2Am1g5Y

    Verse

    James 2:26
    As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

    Matthew 16:26
    For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

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