Here’s how even molecules can respond to signals:
New research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that genes are capable of identifying and responding to coded information in light signals, as well as filtering out some signals entirely. The study shows how a single mechanism can trigger different behaviors from the same gene — and has applications in the biotechnology sector.
“The fundamental idea here is that you can encode information in the dynamics of a signal that a gene is receiving,” says Albert Keung, corresponding author of a paper on the work and an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State. “So, rather than a signal simply being present or absent, the way in which the signal is being presented matters.”
For this study, researchers modified a yeast cell so that it has a gene that produces fluorescent proteins when the cell is exposed to blue light.North Carolina State University, “Genes can respond to coded information in signals – or filter them out entirely” at ScienceDaily (August 31, 2021)
The point here is that genes, like fungi, are not intelligent but — like mechanical devices — they can respond to signals.
The reason the confusion arises is that establishment science does not want to admit that creative intelligence underlies the universe. Forced into a corner, some will even pretend that mushrooms think and genes have “behavior,” the way a dog would.
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