Monday, March 13, 2006

 

Recent discoveries about how genes interact are changing the way we think about evolution

"...The new research on gene expression could provide an answer to a puzzle that has confounded biologists since Darwin and that has recently been seized on by proponents of intelligent design: the idea that life is too complex to have happened without the help of a higher being...

...'We need to understand how you get the various kinds of novelty -- the first hand, the first eye, the first brain,' said Marc Kirschner at a recent talk at Harvard Medical School, where he is a professor...

...The research on gene expression, and particularly an active field called 'evolutionary developmental biology,' or 'evo devo,' is now addressing this question"

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