Life makes its way around the world using nonliving transportation systems, seeding the world with complex specified information.
New discoveries explore the astonishing efficiency of the cell’s rotary engine ATP synthase, and describe new roles for other motors that deliver ATP.
An attribute of a good sci-fi story is that it should open new vistas for the imagination while, at the same time, not requiring the reader to put up with the preposterous.
The Brown University biologist is still out there, reassuring the world that unguided “evolutionary mechanisms” comfortably explain the wonders of biology.
In a previous article I described the evidence that cooption faces insurmountable mathematical challenges in explaining the origins of such complex molecular machines as the bacterial flagellum.