[asa] Re: [asa] RE: (irreducible complexity and evolution) design and the nature of science (was: Re: [asa] Re: Gingerich on TE and ID)

From: wjp <wjp@swcp.com>
Date: Wed Jun 17 2009 - 14:40:22 EDT


In thinking of certain protein processes as molecular machines what structural algorithm was used? That's vague, but, for example, we speak of cars as composed of functional parts. Hence, there is a functional analysis (break down) of the car. Typically, machines are analyzed according to functional units.

But there may be other types of analysis (e.g., structural).

What kinds of analyses have been employed in speaking of protein processes as machines?

Once such an analysis is in place, one can then begin thinking of a number of things.

1) what parts are essential
2) what parts might be interchangable
3) what are the requirements of the parts in accordance with the type of analysis
4) etc.



On Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:30:50 -0400, "Nucacids" <nucacids@wowway.com> wrote:
> It is not organisms that are analogous to machines; certain protein
> complexes are analogous to machines. It was not the IDM that came up with
> the analogy; molecular biologists came up with the analogy (the term
> 'molecular machine' emerged from science). And this analogy has proven
> itself to be very useful to science:
> "The articles in this special issue of Molecular BioSystems focus on this
> fascinating area of multi-protein complex chemistry, biochemistry and
> molecular biology. They reveal that the Alberts paradigm of thinking of
> these complexes as highly interactive, tightly regulated biochemical
> machines has held up well over the years and guided many of the important
> studies that have elucidated their mechanism of action."
> - Rise of the machines: Bruce Alberts and the biochemistry of
> multi-protein complexes. Mol. BioSyst., 2008, 4, 1043-1045
> Mike
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