Bacteria that conduct electricity with cables may be involved in everything from cleansing the oceans and enriching the soil to guarding our own teeth.
Cells have perfected action at a distance: not by magic, but by control of distant sites through carefully arranged functional intermediates.
The phenomenon of convergent evolution suggests that natural selection fits better with the analogy of the engineer than it does the tinkerer.
Do the authors of the study think this is intelligently designed? They almost say so.
Researchers felt compelled to describe biological information using such phrases as “coding schemes,” “carries meaning,” “core program,” and “hierarchical rules (grammar).”