sourmìlk wrote:Izawlgood, I rather like it when the bacteria devote all their resources to making a protein, because that means it's the simplest way to do it in the sense that there are no extra bits. Also, whereas we know exactly what happens between pressing the H key and making an H character appear where your cursor is, Ulc just explained that there's a lot we don't know about protein folding.
What extra bits? My computer is running all kinds of extraneous things. Similiarly, just like we know a lot about what happens between pressing the H key and making a character appear where the cursor is, we know a lot about how protein folding works. Your notion of 'simpler' is predicated on ignorance of the system you're criticizing. If you asked a specific question, instead of insisted that it was too muddied, we'd be able to progress in this conversation.
Look, you're not a biologist, and I'm not a computer scientist. Take it from me, and from other people in this thread, that having bacteria express a protein is the simplest way we can do it. The only way to make it more 'simple' is to formulate a protein a single amino acid at a time, and then wave our magic wands over the tube and hope that the protein automatically folds properly (i.e., doesn't require any extra machinery to do so). Not surprisingly, this is a strikingly less effective way of doing it than simply having the already extant factories that are bacteria do it for us.