This one requires a bit of introduction. Last month, NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) posted this news: NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor. Their headline is a wee bit misleading. NASA is looking for indicators of life on extra-solar planets, and they need to know what kind of conditions to search for. The article says, with our bold font:
Scientists have reproduced in the lab how the ingredients for life could have formed deep in the ocean 4 billion years ago. The results of the new study offer clues to how life started on Earth and where else in the cosmos we might find it.
Astrobiologist Laurie Barge and her team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are working to recognize life on other planets by studying the origins of life here on Earth. Their research focuses on how the building blocks of life form in hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.
To re-create hydrothermal vents in the lab, the team made their own miniature seafloors by filling beakers with mixtures that mimic Earth’s primordial ocean. These lab-based oceans act as nurseries for amino acids, organic compounds that are essential for life as we know it. Like Lego blocks, amino acids build on one another to form proteins, which make up all living things.
“We’ve shown that in geological conditions similar to early Earth, and maybe to other planets, we can form amino acids and alpha hydroxy acids from a simple reaction under mild conditions that would have existed on the seafloor,” said Barge.
That’s enough. PhysOrg wrote about it — see NASA study reproduces origins of life on ocean floor. That’s another slightly misleading headline, but their opening paragraph sets things straight:
Scientists have reproduced in the lab how the ingredients for life could have formed deep in the ocean 4 billion years ago. The results of the new study offer clues to how life started on Earth and where else in the cosmos we might find it. Astrobiologist Laurie Barge and her team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are working to recognize life on other planets by studying the origins of life here on Earth. Their research focuses on how the building blocks of life form in hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.
Okay, that’s the background. Now along comes the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their title is Another Failure to Recreate Life’s Origins.
Ooooooooooooh! A failure! It was written by Jeffrey P. Tomkins. At the end they say Jeffrey is: “Director of Life Sciences at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A new study by NASA scientists has just been published where researchers did nothing more than convert a pre-cursor chemical into a single type of amino acid. Despite the simplicity of this experiment and the lack of anything helpful to evolution being found, the popular media exclaimed that the scientists were able to “recreate the ‘origins of life’ and the results are shocking.” In reality, the only thing shocking about this news story is the blatant absurdity of the claim.
Amazing, huh? Then Jeffrey says:
From start to finish, the whole evolutionary story of life is void of empirical support. [Gasp!] And one of evolution’s greatest hurdles is the fundamental problem of how life could have begun.
Many different types of experiments have been conducted over the past 60 years in attempts to recreate the molecular building blocks of life under so-called primitive conditions. But these experiments have all failed — as I have described at length in previous articles. [Footnotes citing ICR stuff.] And now we have another headline in the news making claims of success in solving the mystery of life’s initial origins. [Huh?] In the story describing the study, the author states, “A new NASA study has recreated the origins of life, building the ocean’s floors from 4 billion years ago as humanity attempts to understand how life started on Earth and where else it might be found.” As we shall see, this extravagant claim is entirely false.
Entirely false! He tells us:
The study in question attempted to create a scenario supposedly mimicking conditions surrounding a hydrothermal vent. Some evolutionists [the fools!] see deep-sea vents as providing conditions conducive to the spontaneous generation of life in a primeval early Earth covered by oceans. In today’s world, only highly specialized and engineered creatures capable of withstanding the extreme conditions are able to live near these vents. No spontaneous formation of life is occurring.
Yeah, forget about those vents. Skipping some babble about biochemistry, Jeffrey finishes with this:
When looking at the details of the research paper itself, the overall value of this effort to advancing the evolutionary agenda is effectively zilch. So much for the hype.
So there you are. Those Darwinists at NASA have been exposed. If you want to know The Truth™ about the origin of life, ICR has all the answers.
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