ID musings

Curtis Clark jcclark-lists at EARTHLINK.NET
Fri Jan 14 19:13:52 CST 2005

I was giving a guest lecture about photosynthesis last quarter, and I
pointed out that one of the best arguments against intelligent design is
RuBisCO, the enzyme that fixes CO2 in photosynthesis. It is one of the
most abundant proteins, and the most abundant enzyme, in nature, it has
a reaction rate ten to a hundred times slower than your average enzyme,
and it will give up on the reaction, and even run backwards, if the
substrate concentration runs low. If RuBisCo were an employee, it would
be the boss's idiot nephew. RuBisCo makes sense in the evolutionary
context of using what you've got, but if I were an intelligent designer,
I'd be ashamed to have created RuBisCO.

Curtis Clark        
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Professor, Biological Sciences                   +1 909 869 4062

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