An Alga that Flexes Its Muscles
“Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.…”
A strange alga that has muscle‑like tissue illustrates that there are no simple life forms. Protein muscle fibers, say evolutionists, are a later and more advanced development in living things. Yet these scientists also claim that alga are among the first of the living things to have evolved.
The Mougeotia alga contains a structure that performs photosynthesis. This structure is shaped like a flat disc. Researchers found that, depending on the brightness and direction of the light, this structure is turned to control the rate at which photosynthesis takes place. Further study indicates that the structure is actually turned by protein fibers that expand and contract just like our muscles to keep everything under control!
ere we have two very different structures working together. The disc‑like structure that carries out photosynthesis could not function very well at all without the “muscle” fiber. If the muscle fiber were to evolve without the disc‑like structure to control, the fiber would be useless.
The individual parts of all living things work together like the individual instruments in an orchestra. They’re useless without each other. This example shows that individual structures in living things could not have evolved gradually and individually, over long periods of time. They were created to work together in close harmony!
Prayer: Dear Father; only You could have kept track of all the details which were necessary to build the wonderful creation in which we live. Help me to remember Your attention to detail and Your love for me when I am tempted to think that some difficulty is too minor to bring to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Author: Paul A. Bartz
REF.: Wagner, C., W. Haupt, and A. Laux. 1972. Reversible inhibition of chloroplast movement by cytocholasin B in the green alga mougeotia. Science, v. 176. p. 808. Photo: Spyrogyra green algae. CC-BY-SA-3.0.
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