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Evolution in action

October 6, 2005

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To the editor:

Your reader, Mr. McPheeters, (Oct. 1) states that evolution is not science because "unless we can observe evolution taking place, it is not science." Well, we can observe evolution taking place, and make experiments, and mathematical predictions about the outcomes. This is done as a matter of course in laboratories and the field. We watch evolution happening around us with each new strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the hospitals, or insecticide-tolerant bug that appears in the fields.

I do not know exactly what Mr. McPheeters meant by us not being able to observe evolution in action, but there are evolutionary experiments that could be performed in a high school laboratory by any well-motivated (and well-informed) class. If direct observance is the criteria, large areas of evolutionary science will pass it.

Jorge Soberon,

Lawrence

Comments

bjohanning 9 years, 9 months ago

Evolution in action, the flu virus is constantly evolving in response to our immune system. A virus Mutates (evolves) and jumps to a new host. Evolution is occurring all around us. Open your eyes, but for some that would be a real evolution, a open mind.

arturocunningham 9 years, 9 months ago

That flu virus becoming a roundworm, a humming bird or a small furry aninmal would be evolution. You are talking environmental adaptation...Oh wait I forget...add the evolution fairy dust...eons and eons and eons of time and the flu virus will jump out of the test tube and bark at you. Your eyes are WIDE SHUT.

hannah 9 years, 9 months ago

All the experiments cited are examples of micro-evolution. This phenonmenon is not in dispute. The point raised was whether or not macro-evolution was observable, and if not, whether or not it can properly be defined as science - observable fact.

ryanjasondesch 9 years, 9 months ago

Add the magic fairy dust and arturocunningham turns into a complete moron. Oh wait, evolution already took care of that.

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