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The thought of a modern jetliner evolving is laughable. Yet the simplest bacterium is even more complex

Simplest bacteria more complex than a Jumbo jet!

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Scientists have discovered that the earliest life on earth was complicated, and shows that we were designed and didn’t evolve, reports Andrew Halloway.

The oldest single-celled bacteria ever found contain intricate, synchronised motors more complex than a jet airliner.

This shows that the very earliest life on earth was immensely complex right from the beginning, rather than simple organisms from which everything more complicated then evolved.

The startling discovery of this ancient marine bacterium, named MO-1, was made in November 2012 by two scientific groups from Osaka University in Japan and Aix-Marseille Université in France. They set out to uncover the power behind the tiny tails (flagella) that allowed the MO-1 to swim.

Using electron cryotomography – an electron microscope and very cold temperatures – they found this creature’s tails are powered by seven motors, arranged in a hexagonal array, with all gears interacting with 24 smaller gears between them. To discover that such a ‘simple’ organism has a micro 24-gear planetary gearbox, synchronously driven by seven proton-powered motors complete with clutches, modulators and anti-skid sensors is breathtaking.

Helicopter pilot and technician Mark Rose says: “As someone who worked with planetary gear systems, the evolution of such technology is laughable.”

The MO-1 was found in rock claimed to be three billion years old, making it the oldest, most complete single cell known to science.

Bacterial flagellum motorRose explains: “The seven flagella rotate one way, and the smaller gears rotate the opposite way, to maximise torque while minimising friction.” These gears or bearings enable the flagella to spin very fast – so that the MO-1 can swim ten times faster than E. coli and Salmonella. Some have referred to it as ‘the Ferrari of flagella’ due to its speed and advanced design.

“This discovery baffled the microbiological world with its uncanny complexity,” Rose notes. “The seven flagella propellers are inter-linked for minimum drag profile and maximum thrust by using 24 gears and a sheath, similar to modern aircraft and multi-engine helicopters!”

Rose observes the axial proton motor is almost identical to modern AC (alternating current) brushless motors. “It has no wires, bearings or metal, and is 1/200,000 smaller than man’s best device.

“The motors can drive the MO-1 bacteria at relative speeds of 100 body lengths/second. A cheetah achieves a land speed of only 25 body lengths/second in comparison and that’s in air, not fluid!” he says. This ‘simple’ bacterium has nearly the same number of parts as a Boeing 747 – six million – which, like the aircraft, work together perfectly. But these parts allow the bacterium to do something the 747 can’t do – multiply itself. And it has three more motors than the Boeing!

So, right at the beginning, life on earth was more complex than our most advanced engineering design of today – yet according to evolutionary theory the first life was supposed to be simple. Such complexity should have taken at least hundreds of millions of years to evolve. Well-known evolutionist Dr Francisco Ayala, of UC Irvine, has calculated the odds of human beings evolving from a single bacterium to be 1 in 10 to the 1 millionth power. However, three physicists, John Barrow, Brandon Carter and Frank Tipler, re-examined his data and said he overlooked several critical factors. They stated the odds at 1 in 10 to the 24 millionth power.

But according to probability theorists, any event with lower odds than 1 in 10 to the 50th power is considered mathematically impossible.

What will it take for evolutionists to admit that the incredible design of life on earth is real and not just ‘apparent’?

Sources:
Mark Ellis (godreports.com); ‘Architecture of a flagellar apparatus in the fast-swimming magnetotactic bacterium MO-1’, Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences in the USA, vol. 109 no. 50, www.pnas.org/content/109/50/20643.abstract

From iBelieve Magazine issue 76.

More information about the science behind Intelligent Design is available in the magazine The Delusion of Evolution.

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