Adventist Review Online | New Film on Notable Christian Scientist Released

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Documentary can be viewed in preparation for this week’s “Creation Sabbath.”

Creation Sabbath is an annual day the Seventh-day Adventist Church has set apart to reflect on the biblical doctrine of creation. This year the commemorative day falls on Oct. 28 and in preparation the church’s Geoscience Research Institute (GRI) has released a new documentary. The 25-minute feature, which its producers have defined as “captivating,” delves into the life, research, and faith of scientist Isabel de Moraes.

Moraes is a leading scientist in the discipline of x-ray crystallography, a science that uses x-rays to image the three-dimensional structure of proteins, explained GRI senior scientist Timothy Standish. She doesn’t work with just any proteins, he said, but with proteins found embedded in cell membranes.

Standish explained the importance of Moraes’s work.

“These [proteins] are among the most important molecules in biology,” he said. “Many drugs work by binding to membrane proteins, and they are essential for the normal functions of cells, particularly in humans. But they are also extraordinarily difficult to work with. It is something that puts Dr. Moraes’s work on the extreme and fascinating cutting edge of science today.”

The documentary film sets out to answer some questions about Moraes, such as, how did she become one of the leading scientists living today? What challenges did she have to overcome? Why does she work inside a huge synchrotron facility on a former Royal Air Force base just outside of Oxford, England? How has her scientific education and research influenced her faith in the Creator God of the Bible? And how has her faith influenced her science? The film is now available free of charge.

The film about Moraes is the fourth in a series entitled Seeking Understanding, that explores the lives, research, and faith of scientists. According to the GRI, the stories are intriguing in their own right, and the science is amazing.

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