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Animation of our RNA at work


slicing, dicing, and splicing

in order to remove the non-coding introns and just keep the coding exons:

Official non-mobile chyron from the Darwin lobby: What you are seeing above is a random, undesigned, and undirected process. It only looks otherwise. And by the way, those non-coding introns are just junk. Never mind what ENCODE says; if they aren’t just junk, [their theory about]“Evolution is wrong.” Okay, if you say so, but … ‘scuse us, gotta go.

OT: Engineering principles, not Darwinian principles, lead to breakthrough in designing new proteins: Computer-designed proteins recognize and bind small molecules - September 5, 2013 Excerpt: In conducting the study, the researchers learned general principles for engineering small molecule-binding proteins with strong attraction energies. Their findings open up the possibility that binding proteins could be created for many medical, industrial and environmental uses.,,, The researchers adapted a computational tool called Rosetta developed in the Baker lab to craft new proteins that would bind the steroid digoxigenin, which is related to the heart-disease medication digoxin.,,, After generating many designs for digoxigenin-binders on a computer, the researchers chose 17 to synthesize in a lab. Experimental tests led the researchers to hone in on the protein they called DIG10. Further observations revealed that the binding activities of this protein were indeed mediated by its computer-designed interface, just as the researchers had intended. To upgrade their overall design methods, the researchers then used next-generation deep gene sequencing to probe the effect of each amino acid molecular building block on binding fitness. Using this method, they were able to discover how various engineered genetic variations affect the designed protein's binding capabilities. The binding fitness map gave the researchers ideas for enhancing the binding affinity of the designed protein to the picomolar level, tighter than the nano-level.,,, http://phys.org/news/2013-09-computer-designed-proteins-small-molecules.html bornagain77
Water found to be an ideal lubricant for nanomachines - September 1, 2013 Excerpt: Researchers from the University of Amsterdam have discovered that machines just one molecule in size move far quicker if you add a 'lubricant' to their surroundings. To their surprise, water proved to be the best lubricant by far. http://phys.org/news/2013-08-ideal-lubricant-nanomachines.html bornagain77
Science // Fuz Rana // Unbelievable? Conference 2013 - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u34VJ8J5_c&list=PLS5E_VeVNzAstcmbIlygiEFir3tQtlWxx&index=8 bornagain77
OT: video playlist: Unbelievable? UK Conference 2013 - The speakers (this year) were Alister McGrath, Amy Orr-Ewing, Peter S Williams, Fuz Rana, Trevor Stammers and Kurt Jaros. They gave presentations across three seminar themes. Jesus: Liar, lunatic, legend or Lord?, C.S. Lewis: 50 Years On, and Faith on the Front Line. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS5E_VeVNzAstcmbIlygiEFir3tQtlWxx bornagain77

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