Another Biology Journal Publishes Article Applying Intelligent Design Theory to Scientific Research

Seattle, WA — For the second time in nine months, an article explicitly applying the theory of intelligent design to scientific research has been published in an internationally respected biology journal–despite Darwinists’ claims that this never happens.

An article by molecular biologist Jonathan Wells, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, has just appeared in Rivista di Biologia / Biology Forum, one of the oldest still-published biology journals in the world. Wells’s article uses the theory of intelligent design (ID) to formulate a testable hypothesis about centrioles, which are microscopic structures in animal cells whose function is not yet understood. Wells’ hypothesis–if confirmed by experiments–would explain how centrioles function in normal cell division and malfunction in cancer. The hypothesis could also help to explain why there is a correlation between calcium and Vitamin D deficiency and major types of cancer.

“Darwinian evolution, despite the claims of its defenders, has been remarkably unsuccessful in guiding practical research in biology and medicine,” said Wells. “Although ID is still controversial in the scientific community, some of us are now using it to formulate testable hypotheses.”

“The interesting thing here is that scientists are applying the theory of intelligent design to cancer research,” said Discovery Institute President, Bruce Chapman. “Who knows what new avenues of research and experimentation this could open up. I think you will see more and more scientists applying ID to their research in coming years.”

Intelligent design is an inference from scientific evidence. It maintains that certain features of the natural world–from miniature machines and digital information found in living cells, to the fine-tuning of physical constants–are best explained as the result of an intelligent cause.

Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture was founded in part to help support the work of scientists researching the theory of intelligent design. The Center’s website is at

Dr. Jonathan Wells earned two Ph.D.s, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. He worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley, taught biology at California State University in Hayward, and worked as the supervisor of a medical laboratory. He has published articles in Development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, BioSystems, The Scientist and The American Biology Teacher. He is the author of “Icons of Evolution: Why much of what we teach about evolution is wrong” (Regnery Publishing, 2000).

Wells’s article is available from the journal’s publisher in Italy:

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