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Ah, the Celestial Proteome

The blogosphere is all abuzz and demanding answers. A paper appearing as an e-pub ahead of print in Proteomics, called Mitochondria, the missing link between body and soul: Proteomic prospective evidence, purports to use proteomics to disprove the endosymbiont theory of the origins of mitochondria and support a more "realistic alternative." Instead, the authors Mohamad Warda and Jin Han "more logically" suggest:

Proteomics overlapping between different forms of life are more likely to be interpreted as a reflection of a single common fingerprint initiated by a mighty creator than relying on a single cell that is, in a doubtful way, surprisingly originating all other kinds of life.

PZ Myers is all over it. Much of the paper is also incomprehensible, according to Myers and the people commenting on his site. Furthermore, they found that it is largely plagiarized from Butterfield et al.'s 2006 article in the European Journal of Pharmacology as well as from other papers. In an update, Myers adds, "I hope we hear from Han and Warda sometime; they've got a lot of 'splaining to do."

 

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