That title isn’t misleading. Just take a look at this: Were Intestines Designed for Bacteria?
It was written by Brian Thomas — the same guy we wrote about here: ICR: The Mind of Brian Thomas — and it’s posted at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
You probably know that you have gut bacteria. Here’s something we wrote about it once: Olivia Judson: What’s In Your Guts? All of this seems new and strange to ICR. We won’t bore you with too many excerpts, just enough to lead you to the climax. Here’s how it begins, with some bold font added by us:
Scientists purposefully made mice sick to test how the creatures’ intestines — and the microbes they harbor — would react. They discovered details behind a remarkable relationship that, when working well, keeps both parties healthy.
Scientists publishing in Nature found that during illness, mouse intestines manufacture a special food for their bacteria. Without this sugary food source — called fucose — sick mice may lose their helpful microbes.
This is the article they’re talking about: Rapid fucosylation of intestinal epithelium sustains host–commensal symbiosis in sickness. You can’t read it without a subscription.
It’s a nice example of Symbiosis, although we sometimes wonder what a truly advanced alien species would think of the fact that we walk around with billions of bacteria living within us. They’d undoubtedly consider it a grotesque example of our recent emergence from the primitive cauldron of evolution.
We’ll skip almost everything ICR says in their attempt to describe the research, except this:
The researchers genetically engineered mice without the gene that makes fucose, and compared those creatures’ ability to recover from illness with that of normal mice. University of Chicago Medical Center news wrote, “Only mice with both intact gut microbiota and the ability to produce fucose recovered efficiently.” Mice that could not feed their friendly germs lost more weight and took longer to recover that weight after the illness passed.
Okay, but so what? Ah, you’re not considering the wonderful insights of creation science. Here’s what ICR says:
It makes sense for the host to keep its microbes happy and healthy — but how did mouse cells ever figure that out? … It looks like somebody was thinking ahead when they designed this remarkable system.
Wow — could it be? Here’s the stunning conclusion:
Mouse gets sick. Mouse makes fucose to feed friendly bacteria. Bacteria block pathogens from accessing mouse tissue. Mouse recovers fast. Bacteria help the mouse, and the mouse gives bacteria a place to stay. Could anything but intentional design reasonably explain this kind of elaborate cooperation? … This amazing display of creation confirms that germs and intestines were made for each other.
If your reaction is anything like your Curmudgeon’s, you are stunned. Verily, the bacteria in your gut proclaim the glory of creation!
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