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That venomous worm

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From ScienceDaily, on venomous centipedes who “prey on bugs and other pests by stinging them with venom secreted from and injected from their first pair of pincer-like legs, called forcipules”:

Scolopendra/John Hill

Overall, they identified a high-diversity of 60 unique venom protein and peptide families from just five species investigated. Eleven of these families represented new proteins families, showing novel ways for centipede venom. Others proteins were convergent, or evolved independently, along with toxins used by spiders and scorpions. The results showed a vast functional diversity of centipede toxins that can significantly aid in the understanding of toxin evolution. They are also a treasure trove with a high potential for use in drug design and development.

Of course all this just somehow happened by the magical power of “natural selection acting on random mutation” or “genetic drift” here—and nowhere else. Elsewhere called magic.

Otherwise, we seek a new theory. One that incorporates the transfer of information in a non-magical way.

The centipede does not always win:

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2 Replies to “That venomous worm

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    bornagain77 says:

    Nice study!

    OT: Cross-Examining Evolution – Sean McDowell – video (sound quality improves at (9:09 minute mark)

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT podcast: Stephen Meyer is on The Universe Next Door with host Tom Woodward to discuss the errors of commission and omission in Cosmos, as well as two apparent arguments on the show–that science supports a purely materialistic worldview, and that science and religion are at war. Dr. Meyer also talks about the Cambrian explosion and its evidence for intelligent design.

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