Posted by: Rob Lester | December 20, 2010

Bacteria can “smell”

An August, 2010 BBC News article reports how Newcastle University microbiologists Grant Burgess and Reindert Nijland found something quite surprising while studying bacteria. One group of bacteria was encouraged to produce ammonia. Another group was put into an environment which allowed them to produce slimy biofilms. Bacteria produce biofilms when in contact with ammonia, which indicates a food source to the bacteria. The biofilms help the bacteria “slide” toward the food source. The two groups were separated in containers, but placed near each other. They found that the bacteria near the ammonia could “smell” it and produced biofilms to get at the ammonia. They even noted that the bacteria closest to the ammonia produced the most biofilm. Now here’s the important part: Nijland speculated, “If very simple organisms such as bacteria are capable of this, that would imply that this ability evolved much earlier than expected.”  The evolutionist is again stunned at how incredibly complex these supposedly “simple, primitive” lifeforms can be. Yet another assumption is blasted apart by the actual evidence. And the complexity of life keeps travelling ever backward, closer to the beginning. Bible readers know that life was designed, complex, and complete from the very beginning according to the will and Word of God.


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