Hopefully this will put to rest the not so Intelligent design theory, creationist tried to push as curricula in the public schools. A recent article, “Bacteria make major evolutionary shift in the lab” in the New Scientist is truly fascinating.
A major evolutionary innovation has unfurled right in front of researchers’ eyes. It’s the first time evolution has been caught in the act of making such a rare and complex new trait.
And because the species in question is a bacterium, scientists have been able to replay history to show how this evolutionary novelty grew from the accumulation of unpredictable, chance events.
Twenty years ago, evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski of Michigan State University in East Lansing, US, took a single Escherichia coli bacterium and used its descendants to found 12 laboratory populations.