Super Molecular Blue

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Super molecular blue found, as reported in Nature vol 436, p791, 11 August 2005. For many years scientists have known that the same pigment, anthocyanin is found in roses and also in cornflowers, but as the old saying (almost) goes, roses are red and cornflowers are blue. A group of Japanese scientists have worked out how the anthocyanin pigment gives cornflowers their intense blue colour. It is combined into a complex structure called protocyanin, where six anthocyanin molecules are combined with six flavone glycoside molecules and held together by four metal ions – one iron, one magnesium and two calcium ions. The scientists concluded: "The blue colour in protocyanin is therefore developed by a tetranuclear metal complex, which may represent a new to supermolecular pigment."

Editorial Comment: This complex chemistry reminds us that blue flowers are good evidence for creation. The only way human scientists have been able to make blue flowers is by genetic engineering, i.e. taking genes for blueness out of one plant and putting them into another by deliberate creative manipulation. Furthermore, no human scientists designed the genes that have been moved from blue flowers to non-blue flowers – they simply copied what was already there. It took a much smarter genetic engineer to design the genes for blueness out of nothing and today’s gene manipulators have no excuse for not acknowledging the Creator. (Ref. colours, genetics, flowers)

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