The last time we wrote about something by Avery Foley was AIG Has News for Colon Sufferers. We began that post by saying: “You know it’s a slow news day when we blog about something like this.” Well, it’s happened again.
AIG says Avery holds a masters of arts in theological studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, which certainly qualifies her to discuss what she just posted: Study: Tongues Can “Taste” Tasteless Water. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo).
Most of her post is a rehash of this press release from The California Institute of Technology: Sour Taste Cells Detect Water, which says:
New research from Caltech shows that sour-sensing taste cells play an important role in detecting water on the tongue.
“The tongue can detect various key nutrient factors, called tastants— such as sodium, sugar, and amino acids—through taste,” says Oka [Yuki Oka, assistant professor of biology]. “However, how we sense water in the mouth was unknown. Many insect species are known to ‘taste’ water, so we imagined that mammals also might have a machinery in the taste system for water detection.”
Each basic taste is mediated by distinct subsets of taste cells. In order to test which taste cells respond to water, the team genetically and pharmacologically blocked the function of individual cell populations [in mice]. For example, when the salt taste receptor was blocked, salt no longer triggered activity in taste nerves, but responses to other tastes were not affected. “To our surprise, when we silenced sour taste cells, water responses were also completely blocked,” Oka says. “The results suggested that water is sensed through sour taste cells.”
You’ve got to be wondering: What in the world can a creationist like Avery do with that? She says:
These study results haven’t been replicated in humans yet. However, since insects and amphibians can detect water and since this ability has been found in mammals, it seems likely that something similar is occurring on our tongues, letting us know what we’re drinking really is water and will adequately quench our thirst.
Then, ignoring the obvious evolutionary implications, she announces, with our bold font:
The design of water is very helpful to mankind. Because water is considered tasteless, we can cook with it without affecting the flavor of our food. And, based on this new research, it appears God specifically designed mammals to “taste” water even though it’s tasteless, thus protecting us from drinking nonaqueous liquids and failing to properly quench our thirst. He’s designed our bodies to be compatible with the water he also designed for our use. What a wise Creator we serve!
After that she ends with this:
Next time you grab a glass of ice cold water or fill a pot to make dinner, stop and thank the Creator who gave us such a wonderful gift and has so fearfully and wonderfully designed our bodies.
We know, we know. You’re sitting there, stunned, and wondering what just happened. We don’t know how to describe it, but it’s a good example of creation science.
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