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Understanding Evolution: The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 1

Understanding Evolution: the Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity

One of the challenges for discussing evolution within evangelical Christian circles is that there is widespread confusion about how evolution actually works. In this installment, we examine evidence that proteins in irreducibly complex (IC) systems can form and refine new interactions through gradual mechanisms.

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Understanding Evolution: The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 1

Understanding Evolution: The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 1

I will take some time to clarify exactly how Michael Behe, the biochemist and Intelligent Design (ID) proponent who has most extensively developed the "irreducible complexity" argument, uses the term.
April 19, 2012 
Dennis Venema 
Design 
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The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 2

The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 2

Not only is this gene brand new, it is also essential for survival: if you remove it, the fly dies.
May 11, 2012 
Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
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The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 3

The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 3

The evidence strongly suggests that evolutionary processes can add new components to already complex molecular systems.
May 17, 2012 
Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
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The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 4

The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 4

Taken together, these results suggest that the ability to form new protein-protein interactions may be much easier than Behe has estimated.
May 31, 2012 
Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
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The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 5

The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 5

In a chapter called “The two binding-sites rule”, Behe lays out his argument for defining the “edge”– the limit of what random mutation and selection can do to create new protein-protein binding sites.
June 14, 2012 
Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
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The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 6

The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 6

In this experiment, the researchers observed the new irreducibly complex system form step by step through “numerous, successive, slight modifications” to the previous IC system. At no point did those modifications remove the function of the original system, but in fact improved it.
June 28, 2012 
Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
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