Coming from the National Center for Science Education or the New York Times, this is typical.
In effect, protein engineers are using the power of random change plus intelligent design to see what if anything will improve function.
There is one point of confusion in descriptions of this year’s prize winners. It’s the talk of “directed evolution.”
Trilobites look up silently from their Burgess Shale rock slabs, with sad eyes, asking, “Where did I come from?”
The “selectivity filters” in membrane channels of living cells are able to discriminate between very similar molecules or atoms using complex mechanisms.