This technique of examining biology through the eyes of engineering is not necessarily new — systems biologists have been doing it for years.
Crick and Watson realized, very early on, that the winding double helix of DNA would cause all kinds of nasty tangles.
I’ve fussed about this point for a long time. And Discovery Institute colleagues have occasionally chided me for my obsession.
For the past few years, I have been telling myself, and students, “Conceive of design as a scientific theory as if Charles Darwin had never lived.”