Sunday, 20 October 2013

“Close To A Miracle” – The Origin of Proteins, According to Science Publication

The protein myoglobin in 3D. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

When an article in a science magazine begins with the words Close to a miracle, we might suspect that it might not ambiguously support the Darwinian view of how we got proteins.

Indeed, the article in ASBMB Today, produced by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, continues with the words Researchers are debating the origins of proteins.

However, when the online version was published, the magazine editors obviously remembered evolution and changed the subtitle to Researchers are debating whether function or structure first appeared in primitive peptides.

The PDF version retains the original subtitle, suggesting that experts find it difficult to explain proteins in a Darwinian framework.


Mukhopadhyay, Rajendrani. 2013. Close to a miracle. Researchers are debating the origins of proteins. ASBMB Today 12:9 (October).