Believe It or Not

By David Catchpoole

There is still much to learn about biology


The Editor-in-Chief of Science, Bruce Alberts, in a recent editorial turned his attention to the relative lack of understanding of what happens in living cells, despite “remarkable advances in our knowledge of the chemistry of life” in recent decades.1

Alberts acknowledged that “as scientists learn more and more, we have increasingly come to recognize how huge the challenge is that confronts us.”  Even with increasingly sophisticated investigative tools and multiple lines of research, Alberts wondered how we might begin to make sense of the “enormous chemical complexity” of human cells.  “Clearly, there is an enormous amount left to learn,” he wrote.

However, Alberts was optimistic, saying that because “all living things on Earth are related through evolution”, we can “bootstrap” our way to understanding human cells by first discovering how the cells of simpler organisms work. But even then, “biologists will need the help of mathematicians, computer scientists, and engineers to make sense of the enormously complicated network of molecular interactions found in even the least complex living cells.” 

In other words, lots of human intelligence will be needed to better understand the hugely complex operating processes inside even just a one-celled organism. An organism reputed to have come about without needing any external intelligent design input. Something doesn’t seem right about that. Did “the exquisite spatial organization of the molecules inside cells” (as Alberts described it) really come about without an Organizer?

Enormous chemical complexity. Enormously complicated networks. Exquisite spatial organization. Little wonder that Romans 1:20 says that those who deny the Creator are “without excuse”.

1. A Grand Challenge in Biology, Science 333(6047):1200, 2 September 2011

Courtesy Creation Ministries International,

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