Scientists are in a biomimicry frenzy, not that it is a bad thing, although credit is given to evolution. Aromatic compounds comes from plants, which does the signaling, defense and symbiosis. A research named, “Scripps” is trying to figure out why the terpenes are so hard to produce in a lab but yet routine for plants.
Using new chemistry, science daily reports…
“The new technique, described in an advance online edition of the journal Nature Chemistry on Sept. 23, 2012, mimics a crucial but obscure biochemical phenomenon that allows cells to make terpenes. The discovery may one day result in cheaper, fully synthetic versions of the cancer drug Taxol, the antimalarial compound artemisinin and hundreds of other useful terpene products.
“It’s exciting for us because we’re now making molecules that have never been made in the laboratory before, and we’ve done this by first observing what nature does,” said the senior investigator for the study Ryan A. Shenvi, a chemist at Scripps Research.”
In another article which is very excited about biomimetics being able to help improve human lives in the future!
“Biomimicry looks for how nature performs a function,” Marie Zanowick, a certified biomimicry professional for the Environmental Protection Agency, told Boulder Weekly. “It mimics natural strategy and the best design principles on this planet.” Biomimicry has been around for decades, but modern scientists are increasingly embracing the concept.
Velcro, for example, was inspired by the way burrs grab on to fur. By looking at systems that exist in nature, scientists hope to solve world hunger, create better technologies, and produce more sustainable devices that will improve people’s lives. Take Russell Rodriguez, for example. A researcher at the University of Washington, Rodriguez has developed a way to grow rice to five times its normal size while using half the amount of water. Meanwhile, the plants are more resistant to cold and salt. If it is commercialized, this rice could be a way to help solve world hunger.”
This is quite amazing, if it does go commercial and is able to benefit mankind, it will be interesting to see how well this is perceived by the “organic” or “natural” community. More than likely they would see this as a threat to their products. The article then gives credit to evolution…
“Much of this research is expected to result in eco-friendly discoveries. Zanowick says biomimicry is a great way to create more sustainable technology because it mimics things that already work efficiently in nature. “It’s based on 3.8 billion years of research and development, and the only organisms that survive are the ones that follow life’s principles.”
The description resembles an intelligent scientist rather than evolution. Since when does evolution (a mindless process) conduct a research and development program using design principles? Evolution is blind, it has no goals to accomplish, no foresight, therefore it cannot come up with design principles to conduct its research and development. Giving it billions of years is circular reasoning. Nature is a product of intelligence which is why the credit for evolution sounds like a scientist rather than a mindless natural process!