By Mark Ellis
Some believe human beings evolved from a single-celled creature, which gradually becoming more and more complex over a vast time span. But what if the oldest single-celled bacteria ever found contained intricate, synchronized motors more complex than a Boeing 747?
In November, 2012, two scientific groups from Osaka University in Japan and Aix-Marseille Université in France made a startling discovery.
They set out to uncover the power behind the tiny tails (flagella) that allowed the MO-1 marine bacterium to swim. Using electron cryotomography—an electron microscope and very cold temperatures — they found this “simple” creature’s tails are powered by seven motors, arranged in a hexagonal array, with all gears interacting with 24 smaller gears between them.
“This is the earliest bacteria ever found,” says Mark Rose, founder of Genesis Alive. “They found it in rock they claim is three billion years old,” he notes. “That means it’s the oldest, most complete single cell.”
“The seven tails (flagella) rotate one way, and the smaller gears rotate the opposite way to maximize torque while minimizing friction,” Rose notes.
These gears or bearings enable the flagella to spin very fast—so the MO-1 can swim ten times faster than E. coli and Salmonella. Some have referred to this as “the Ferrari of flagella,” due to its speed and advanced design.
“This discovery baffled the microbiological world with it’s uncanny complexity,” Rose notes. “Think of it, not one but seven proton synchronized motors interconnected with a planetary gearbox.”
“The seven flagella propellers are inter-linked for minimum drag profile and maximum thrust by using 24 gears and a sheath, similar to modern aircraft and mufti-engine helicopters!”
“It actually has gears and it keeps all seven motors synchronized,” he notes. “Typically, any geared engines have no more than two motors. The best we could do in a helicopter is three engines and a multiple gear box to sync the engines.”
“If every school kid understood how that little thing works, the whole paradigm of evolutionary thought would have to change.”
Rose observes the axial proton motor is almost identical to modern AC (alternating current) brushless motors. “It has no wires, bearings or metal, and is 1/200,000 smaller than man’s best device.”
“The motors can drive the MO-1 bacteria at relative speeds of 100 body lengths/second. A Cheetah achieves a land speed of only 25 body lengths/second in comparison and that’s in air, not fluid!” he says.
This “simple” bacterium has nearly the same number of parts as a Boeing 747 — six million — which like the aircraft, work together perfectly. But these parts allow the bacterium to do something the 747 can’t do – multiply itself. Note, the MO-1 bacterium has three more motors than the Boeing model.
Well-known evolutionist, Dr. Francisco Ayala of UC Irvine, has calculated the odds of human beings evolving from a single bacterium to be 1 in 10 to the 1 millionth power. However, three physicists, John Barrow, Brandon Carter and Frank Tipler, reexamined his data and said he overlooked several critical factors. They stated the odds at 1 in 10 to the 24 millionth power.
But according to probability theorists, any event with lower odds than 1 in 10 to the 50th power is considered mathematically impossible.
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