Oct 5 2010
12:40 pm

UT Supercomputer Peers into Origins of Life

Supercomputer simulations at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) National Institute for Computational Sciences are helping scientists unravel how nucleic acids could have contributed to the origins of life.

A research team led by Governor’s Chair Professor Jeremy Smith, who also directs ORNL’s Center for Molecular Biophysics, used molecular dynamics simulation to probe an organic chemical reaction that may have been important in the evolution of ribonucleic acids, or RNA, in early life forms.

The research was published as "Magnesium-Dependent Active-Site Conformational Selection in the Diels-Alderase Ribozyme" in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The research team included Tomasz Berezniak and Mai Zahran, who are Smith’s graduate students, and Petra Imhof and Andres Jäschke from the University of Heidelberg.

"Magnesium-Dependent Active-Site Conformational Selection in the Diels-Alderase Ribozyme?" Huh? What a waste of taxpayer dollars. These pointy-headed geeks just need to read their Bible, if they even have one. It's all explained right there in the first chapter.

Next thing you know they'll try to tell us the Earth is more than 6,000 years old and Jesus didn't ride dinosaurs. We don't need this kind of blasphemy in our institutions of higher learning.

Tess's picture

Don't go there...

They are going to get in trouble! But, only if anybody can understand what they are doing.

Andy Axel's picture

...with infinite majesty and calm.


Blotto von Bismarck's picture

"It's all explained right there in the first chapter. "

It also exists in the second chapter of Genesis. Both Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 existed in separate universes. The almighty God clearly promotes a Level 3 parallel universe as being the First Creation, and soon causes both universes to combine into a single world.

Furthermore, all simulations are inaccurate, as the theory of relativity is false. Why, you ask? Well, relativity is false because of Jesus' ability to instantaneously affect a distant body. Thus, the only point of view that matters is God's, and simulations are inherently secular.

Jesse's picture

What a waste. While Clemson

What a waste.

While Clemson and other schools find ways for research to be applied, we play at it.

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