ID musings

Steve Manning sdmanning at ASUB.EDU
Sat Jan 15 14:09:02 CST 2005

At 07:13 PM 1/14/2005 -0800, Curtis Clark wrote:
>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.

That is assuming designing something to be efficient is an intelligent
thing to do!  (Maybe it would be less fun that way for the designer to

>Curtis Clark        
>Web Coordinator, Cal Poly Pomona                 +1 909 979 6371
>Professor, Biological Sciences                   +1 909 869 4062

Dr. Steve Manning
Arkansas State University--Beebe
Mathematics and Science
Professor of Biology
P.O. Box 1000
Beebe, AR  72012
Phone: 501-882-8203
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