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Biological Control of Cell Membrane Structural Properties

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You learned about DNA and proteins in your high school biology class, but you may not remember much about the cell’s membrane which is based on a dynamic, fluctuating sandwich structure. This cellular envelope controls what chemicals enter and exit the cell, partly due to molecular machines such as channels and pumps in the membrane, and partly due to the sandwich structure itself. This sandwich structure is a barrier to certain types of chemicals. But the membrane permeability and the operation of the molecular machines depend on the details of the sandwich structure. And as recent research has been finding, contra evolutionary expectations, organisms actively maintain and fine-tune the sandwich structure in response to environmental challenges.  Read more

2 Replies to “Biological Control of Cell Membrane Structural Properties

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    Mung says:

    One thing that irks me about Darwinists is how they seem to check their brains at the door.

    Just give me a self-replicicator, and all things are possible.

    Do we really have any idea how a membrane-bounded system can arise.

    What sorts of material must be able to pass through the membrane in order for the system to function?

    Would it be possible to maintain the system if just anything at all could pass across the membrane boundary in both directions?

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    Mung says:

    Not only is the cell membrane intricate and complex (and certainly not random), but it has tuning parameters such as the degree to which the phospholipid tails are saturated. It is another example of a sophisticated biological design about which evolutionists can only speculate. Random mutations must have luckily assembled molecular mechanisms which sense environmental challenges and respond to them by altering the phospholipid population in the membrane in just the right way. Such designs are tremendously helpful so of course they would have been preserved by natural selection. It is yet another example of how silly evolutionary theory is in light of scientific facts.

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