Joined: Oct. 2005
2. MISSING GENES: FINDING THE KEY THAT OPENS DARWIN'S BLACK BOX.
It was a lousy day for intelligent design, which has had a lot of
bad days lately. Even as a missing link showed up on the pages
of Nature, a report in Science from the University of Oregon
showed how a new hormone-receptor pair evolved. An existing
molecule, created for a different role, was recruited to do the
new job. The lead author, Joseph Thornton, believes this may be
common in the evolution of complex systems. Hormone-receptor
pairs would seem to be an example of what intelligent-design guru
Michael Behe calls "irreducible complexity" (ID). One without
the other would be useless. However, Behe scoffed to the NY
Times that Hormone-receptor pairs aren't really ID. Either he's
still a little cranky from the Dover trial, or he just prefers
miracles http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN05/wn102105.html .