This article describes some very exciting new work being done on the origins of life and the formation of cells. Imagine my glee at finding out that the experiments will have a decidedly ID-like feel to them.
One of the leaders in the field, Jack Szostak at Harvard Medical School, predicts that within the next six months, scientists will report evidence that the first step—creating a cell membrane—is “not a big problem.” Scientists are using fatty acids in that effort.
Szostak is also optimistic about the next step—getting nucleotides, the building blocks of DNA, to form a working genetic system.
His idea is that once the container is made, if scientists add nucleotides in the right proportions, then Darwinian evolution could simply take over.
Yes, perhaps evolution will take over from their initial design, but it seems too much like stacking the deck. They will create the cell membrane and put in the correct nucleotides in their correct portions. What they seem to be showing is that design is the more likely scenario, even if it is a design that was set up and allowed to run its course. This is good news for ID science indeed.