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Transport pods inside our cells resemble transformer toys?

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Here, we are told that “Cell’s Transport Pods Look Like a Molecular Version of Robots from Transformers” (ScienceDaily, May 25, 2012),

These spheres may look almost identical, but subtle differences between them revealed a molecular version of the robots from Transformers. Each sphere is a vesicle, a pod that cells use to transport materials between different compartments.

Several copies of the COPI protein attach to each other to form a coat around the vesicle’s membrane. Briggs and colleagues were surprised to find that the COPI building blocks are capable of a ‘transformer’ act: they can change shape to connect to more or fewer copies of themselves. So by changing the shape of individual COPI blocks, the cell could create vesicles of different shapes and sizes, for instance to transport different kinds of cargo.

Incidentally, people sometimes wonder what the difference is between, say, the sparring between James Shapiro and Bill Dembski, as opposed to ID theorists vs. the Darwinists.

Here’s the difference: The Darwinists want the world to believe that all this is a big fat accident, and they are more than willing to unleash attacks on absolutely anyone who, for good reasons, doesn’t.

They hold to and enforce the superstition that massive, intricate order can proceed from utter randomness. Thus putting science at odds with reason and evidence.

Shapiro’s head, by contrast, is somewhere in the space called reality. he realizes that there is a problem.

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Here is some interesting trivia on the kinesin motor which pulls the vesicles around the cell:
Kinesin: What Gives? - Steven M. Block - Department of Molecular Biology - Princeton Excerpt: The kinesin motor is impressively fast,,, and is quite powerful,,, (Scaled up to our own dimensions, a motor with corresponding properties would travel at similar speeds and produce as much horsepower per unit weight as the 'Thrust' supersonic car, which recently broke the sound barrier) http://www.stanford.edu/group/blocklab/Block-Cell%20Review.pdf

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