Evolutionary Lessons for 21st Century Molecular Biotechnologists
What is in common between the dietary preferences of the bacteria E. coli and the differences between humans and mice at the DNA level? The answer is: a new conceptual basis for evolutionary research in the 21st century.
In the book, Evolution, a view from the 21st century, James A. Shapiro, Professor in the Biochemical Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago, makes a brave and bold attempt at piecing together a lot of recent evidence from molecular biology and genetic studies on DNA in order to try and see how well it fits with classical and Neo-Darwinian theories.
The words “brave and bold” were chosen on purpose. Even in this day and age, speaking about evolution has the almost instantaneous power to tag people with a huge “shoot me” sign on their T-shirt. The risk is to get caught in a veritable crossfire, coming from either side of the fences put up by people defined as Creationists or Darwinists (and all their various sub-divisions). Rather...