One of the most fascinating research in science today, is a rotary motor! This is a true mechanical/electrical motor, found in every living thing from bacteria to horses, lions and palm trees. Although credit is given to evolution, it lacks any half-way ATP synthase or other step by step processes. Another part of this fascinating rotary motor has been discovered…
It’s production of chemical energy from the food that we eat to sunlight uses not only the rotary but a turbine-like mechanism. The cell’s energy factory has a piston-driven engine! Reported back in July, Complex I which is a respiratory transport chain in mitochondria that includes coupling rods which have been described as little locomotives. Now scientists as reported in New Scientist are calling them pistons.
“The mechanism proposed by Leonid Sazanov’s group at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge is “almost completely unexpected,” says Faculty Member Thomas Meier. Unlike the ATP synthase, which “drives protons across the membrane in a rotary turbine-like motion,” writes Faculty member Nathan Nelson in his review, the transfer of electrons from NADH cause a slight widening of one part of the complex, forcing the long helix to move like the a row of pistons that shove protons across the membrane.”
When scientists discover specialized engineering that resembles man-made machines created by intelligence in the simplest forms of life to human beings, how do they react? Their explanation becomes convoluted, like comparing a piece of steel to a car without intelligence behind it but then giving credit to evolution. A Nature Education article by Nick Lane goes about it this way…
“There are, of course, big open questions – not least, how the gradients might have been tapped by the earliest cells, which certainly lacked such sophisticated protein machinery as the ATP synthase,” Lane admitted. “There are a few possible abiotic mechanisms, presently under scrutiny in Russell’s lab and elsewhere. But thermodynamic arguments, remarkably, suggest that the only way life could have started at all is if it found a way to tap the proton gradients.”
Did life tap into these gradients on purpose? After all, it somehow found a way, so it must have been searching for it. Another think Nick, and it’s a big problem, without a way to tap into the gradient, it would have no energy to search, discover, then harness the proton gradient. So did the machine arise by chance fully formed to accomplish it’s task or perhaps it was a miracle by evolution? Then Nick goes on to explain all forms of complex life.
We are running on an awesome intelligent design from God that consists of rotary and piston engines which is fabulous! Engineering in nature, makes more sense than a non-thinking process that relies on change of trying to make something out of nothing.