Evolvability: My story in today's NY Times

Today I’ve got a story about some new research into evolvability–the potential to reach new adaptations. Scientists have explored the possibility of evolvability for some time now, but mostly through analyzing mathematical equations. Now a new study offers a fine-grained picture of evolvability in action.  Richard Lenski of Michigan State and his colleagues have watch evolvability help one line of bacteria beat out another one. It’s a Darwinian story of the tortoise and the hare. Check it out.

(For more on evolvability, check out this review by Massimo Pigliucci [pdf])

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2 thoughts on “Evolvability: My story in today's NY Times

  1. Now that we in Canada are on a 20-article diet, I’m very conscious of rationing my Times reading, but they do say that articles arrived at through a blog don’t count, so thank you for linking.

  2. Its a lovely piece of work and a great description of it, thanks.

    I was however disturbed (not for the first time with articles on evolution) by the advert that appeared beneath your text:

    “How is Evolution False?
    Many Assumptions—No Clear Proof!
    Free Brochure Provides the Truth.

    I believe this is google ads rather than NYT at fault, so I guess we can’t blame them too much. Perhaps we should even be glad they are paying to be seen by eyes that won’t be fooled rather than eyes that might be…

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