A new "Darwin chip" could make evolution as easy as pressing play. Researchers have created an automated device that evolves a biological molecule [ligase] on a chip filled with hundreds of miniature chambers. The molecule, which stitches together strands of RNA, became 90 times more efficient after just 70 hours of evolution...
Brian Paegel, a biochemist at the Scripps Research Institute, in La Jolla, California, who led the study with colleague Gerald Joyce... hopes to use the Darwin chip to make molecules with new chemical properties, not just improved editions of old molecules.
"We took a potato and made a really tasty potato," says Pagael. "But we would really like to discover broccoli – something completely different."
Hm... 70 hours for evolving "one tasty potato", that too from a lesser potato! You haven't got a prayer for a Nobel Prize, Dr. Paegel. Don't you know that the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Master of Intelligent Design, created everything that rode on the Pasta's Pan and more, in just six days and essentially from nothing? Assuming that His Holy Noodliness put in the normal workload of 6x8 [and not 7x24 that the crazy computer programmers do], that's nearly a day less than the time it took for Darwin to evolve one tiny little ligase molecule.
Come on Dr.Paegel, think about it. If you were the CEO of Monsanto or Bayer CropScience, whom would you rather entrust the job of making the Creatively Modified Organisms with Darwin or His Holy Noodliness? And now, do you realize that Darwin has actually proven that the Pastafarian Bible, the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, has always been right, and the Origin of Species is horribly, horribly, wrong?