FAQ: The Cambrian Explosion Is Real, and It Is a Problem for Evolution

biology, Cambrian Explosion, Cambrian News, Critical Transitions in Nature and Society, Darwin's Doubt, Ediacaran fauna, Evolution, Evolution News, FAQ, fossil record, genetic information, Graham Budd, Intelligent Design, Jerry Coyne, Martin Scheffer, Nick Matzke, oxygen, paleobiology, paleontology, Precambrian, Professor Dave, scientific literature, Sören Jensen, Stephen Meyer
An email correspondent who is friendly to intelligent design (ID) recently wrote us asking how to respond to common objections to ID arguments about the Cambrian explosion. Source
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Michael Behe on Why Lenski’s Experiments Show Devolution, Not Evolution

breaking things, citrate, Darwin Devolves, E. coli, Evolution, evolutionary biologists, evolutionary theory, flasks, genes, genetic information, ID The Future, Intelligent Design, Long Term Evolution Experiment, Michael Behe, Michigan State University, mutations, niche advantages, novelty, oxygen, Podcast
Biochemist Michael Behe reviews the well-known Long Term Evolution Experiment at Michigan State. Source
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Beneficial Borgs Have Landed

Aliyah Kovner, archaea, Borgs, Colorado, Crested Butte, CRISPR-Cas9, Darwinian theory, DNA, East River, Evolution, gene splicing, genes, genetic information, greenhouse gases, heavy metals, Intelligent Design, Jennifer Doudna, Jillian Banfield, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, methane, Methanoperedens, microbes, Nature (journal), Star Trek, storage lockers, toxins
Borg theory represents a major paradigm shift about how genetic information is stored and shared. Source
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Game Over? Nick Lane Wants Another Inning

acetyl phosphate, adenine, ATP synthase, baseball diamond, biology, Evolution, genetic information, gluconeogenesis, glycolysis, hydrothermal vents, Intelligent Design, John E. Walker, Krebs cycle, Lehigh University, metabolic process, Michael Behe, Miller-Urey experiment, Nick Lane, PLOS Biology, protocell, protometabolism, purine, referee, University College London, World Magazine
Michael Behe described how he attended a conference to hear Nobel laureate John Walker, the world’s expert on ATP synthase, explain how it might have evolved.  Source
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An Optimistic Solution to the Mystery of Life’s Origin

Antonio Lazcano, biology, biomolecules, Brian Miller, Cambridge University, Discovery Institute Press, DNA, Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Eugene Koonin, Evolution, First Life from Purely Natural Means? (series), genetic information, George Whitesides, intelligent agent, Intelligent Design, Jack Szostak, James Tour, life, National Center for Biotechnology Information, New Atheists, Nobel Prize, origin of life, prebiotic Earth, Richard Dawkins, RNA, Stephen Meyer, The Mystery of Life’s Origin, Walter Bradley
Consider what five prestigious origin-of-life thinkers say about the current status of origin-of-life research. Source
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Application of ID: Leveraging Design Triangulation to Anticipate Biological Redundancy

Bacillus, Bacillus subtilis, beauty, biological redundancy, biological systems, biology, catalytic converters, cellular cost, design triangulation, duplicate genes, E. coli, elegance, Elizabeth Mueller, environment variability, enzymes, Evolution, fine-tuning, fitness, function, gene expression, genetic information, Intelligent Design, keyless entry systems, laboratory conditions, maintenance, Neo-Darwinism, optimality, periplasmic enzymes, precision, proteins, responsive backup circuits, robustness, speakers, sporulation, Stanford University, storage, transmission
In previous posts, I’ve covered how neo-Darwinism can make biological redundancy more confusing than it should be. Source
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No “Hopeful Monster,” Flower Demonstrates Evolution by Subtraction

APETALA3-3, Aquilegia coerulea, biology, Biston betularia, Chaetodipus intermedius, Charles Darwin, Colorado, Colorado blue columbine, Current Biology, Darwin Devolves, Evolution, evolutionary biologists, genetic information, Harrison Tasoff, hopeful monster, Intelligent Design, Jonathan Wells, Life Sciences, Michael Behe, petals, positive selection, saltation, Scott Hodges, sepals, spurs, Stephen Meyer, UC Santa Barbara, Zachary Cabin, Zombie Science
Evolutionary biologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, noticed something peculiar about the columbines in a region of Colorado. Source
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