Archive for May, 2010

Cloning a genetic program: Not creating life

May 29, 2010

J. Craig Venter Institute, after spending millions of Big Pharma and Big Oil money, said he created a completely synthetic cell.

Very funny. And very bombastic.

He didn’t “design” anything, except maybe a few lab technique improvements.

The “new” DNA is an exact, base pair by base pair copy, of the DNA of one of the simplest bacteria they could find. That was bacteria that had been bred precisely for its adaptability for removal and cloning and reinsertion into other bacteria.

It took years because just copying even one gene is a monumental undertaking, and all the AGTC base pairs had to be connected up in exact sequence. All 582,970 base pairs. Each one.

Just one defective base pair held them for weeks.

Then they inserted it into yeast, the best medium for copying DNA, with ambient enzymes that particularly help keep the DNA from disintegrating again.

Then the took the DNA from there and inserted it into a living cell, replacing only the nuclear material.

The entire cell was already in place, with all the biochemical machinery that a cell already has to have in place for any DNA to do anything, to mean anything. That means, sugars, metabolism, waste removal, nutrient absorption, courier machinery, reactive and proactive enzymes, chemical sensing engineering.

The guy bragged about making this a “philosophical breakthrough”. We all know what he really meant, except he didn’t want to have to defend what he really meant. Because he knew that he did not create any life at all.

All he did was plagiarize a genetic program that he knew already worked, make an exact replica, and put it together in a protected hyper-engineered laboratory environment, and inserted it into a living cell. Having life already in place, already prepared by the combination of its previous active genome with the cytoplasm.

Having life in place was a pre-requisite, in other words, for life, because “life” is not only the genome, it is the genome in the cell.

–Alan

http://www.icr.org/article/5471/

Lovers meet at suicide spot | The Sun |News

May 13, 2010

They happened to pick the same bridge at the same time to end it all, and then they saved each other…:

Lovers meet at suicide spot | The Sun |News

http://tinyurl.com/25mcjpr

Absalom the first “Communist”

May 8, 2010

There is nothing new under the sun, it says in Ecclesiastes.

They lie to the poor, tell them they’re getting a bad deal whether they are or not, get them mad at the unjust rulers, get them to help you throw them out, and after you take over you can let them know that some animals are more equal than others and anybody who steps out of line is against the “workers” because the new rulers are the only legitimate representatives of the “poor”. (Wink wink, and please don’t notice they got there by robbing the poor in the first place..)

Read about the first such Communist in the Bible, Absalom a son of David. He went for awhile to the gate of the city to as to greet the folks with grievances to David the King, tell them their cause was just, poor them, and how much he would like to be king so he could help all these poor people! All he did was make a mess.

David was the one who cared of course. 1 Samuel 22:1 ¶David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.
2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

2 Samuel 15:2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.
2 Samuel 15:3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
2 Samuel 15:4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!
2 Samuel 15:6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

They have a new catch word, “social justice”. Beware of thieves wearing placards that say “Social Justice”.

They’ll even tell you this is the “Christian” thing, this is what Jesus preached, because like Jesus said of the Phariseesa and the scribes, they are of their father the devil, for he is liar from the beginning.

What they don’t tell you is that Jesus said to take it out of your own pocket, not some other poor schmucks’. And then trusting the tax collectors with it? Jesus made clear that you cannot trust tax collectors with benign compassion for the poor. See here in Matthew 17:

Matthew 17:24 ¶And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

–trutherator

The Trutherator Quiz

May 7, 2010

Open book quizzes.
Today’s question: What was the Forbidden Fruit?
(a) Apple
(b) Pear
(c) Peach
(d) Sex
(e) The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil
The answer is in the next posting.

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What the Bible says about Theology Degrees

May 5, 2010

Seen on the ChristianWorldview yahoo group, an article apparently written by one David Martyn Lloyd-Jones on “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ—Studies in Ephesians”. He is apparently opposed to theology degrees for Christians.

Paul had more degrees from the Sanhedrin than you could count, but he counted it all DUNG to “win Christ”. Yes, I shouted that. Christians often seem deaf to it otherwise.

John 7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

You get out there and obey and witness and study these things to show thyself approved, it’s the best way to learn the stuff.

And here’s a good tip if you really really want to learn your stuff. Seek out the guy who actually makes a ministry of witnessing, it’s usually two or three or four in a church, if it’s a “good” church, and they carry gospel tracts and literature around. They’ll be the ones who are considered maybe a little funny or awkward by the rest of them.

And then go with them and watch them and help them and accept their mentoring. It’s not just inviting them to church…

Mark 6:7 ¶And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;