December 27, 2005

WE HAVEN’T BEEN THIS EXCITED SINCE THE PEPPERED MOTHS

Evolution 'breakthrough of the year,' Science journal declares (CBC News, December 22nd, 2005)

The journal Science has declared genetic studies of evolution the breakthrough of 2005. [...]

"In 2005, scientists piled up new insights about evolution at the genetic level and the birth of species, including information that could help us lead healthier lives in the future," the journal's editors wrote.

"Ironically, these often-startling discoveries occurred in a year when backers of "intelligent design" and other opponents of evolution sought to renew challenges to this fundamental concept."

Uncanny.

Posted by Peter Burnet at December 27, 2005 9:09 PM
Comments

Mmmm. Is it just me, or does this article seem to lack any details on what exactly these discoveries are? I'd like to know, 'cause this is the first I've heard about any advance in insights into "the birth of species."

"Discovering a single genetic change turns one species of stickleback fish into an armour-less variety that is landlocked. "

Huh? Does the genetic chance magically transport the fish over land? (I know, this article was written by a J-School grad...)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 28, 2005 1:31 AM
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