Bacterial Research Does Not Require Evolution
2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Scientists at the University of Lincoln, in the UK, have discovered that there is no link between the shape of bacteria and their movement. The study, published in Nature’s Ecology and Evolution Journal, concerned the famous flagellum motors possessed by many bacteria. Their reasonable predictions that rod shaped bacteria would move faster than other shapes proved to have no support.
Such experiments are interesting, and indicative of good science, imaginative hypotheses, and the readiness to abandon those hypotheses in the face of contrary evidence. However, these biologists, like so many others, feel the need to present their findings in an evolutionary context. One of the scientists commented “We fully expected to confirm a widely-held belief, backed by strong theoretical predictions, that rod-shaped cells would move more effectively than coccoid (spherical) cells, and that shape and motility had co-evolved.” Those of us with a biblical creationist starting point can see that the attempt to fit real science into an imaginary evolutionary commentary is superfluous.
Such hyperbole once more underlines why research is better carried out under biblical presuppositions, without the need to pay homage to a false framework of biological history, in order to make sure that funding sources do not evaporate. If scientists were freed of these evolutionary shackles, they would find it so much easier to research into the wonderful world, in which God has placed us.
Prayer: All of life has come from You, Heavenly Father. We praise You for all that we learn about You from Your Word and Your creation. Amen.
Notes: Fouad El Baidouri, Chris Venditti, Stuart Humphries. Independent evolution of shape and motility allows evolutionary flexibility in Firmicutes bacteria. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2016; 1: 0009 DOI: 10.1038/s41559-016-0009, < http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41559-016-0009 >, retrieved 12/8/2016. University of Lincoln. "Reshaping our ideas of bacterial evolution." ScienceDaily, 22 November 2016. < www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161122122601.htm >, retrieved 12/8/2016.
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