|Evolution in the News - October 2018|
|by Do-While Jones|
The 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
We want to thank Steve for sending us this email suggesting the subject of this month’s Evolution in the News article.
I’m pretty sure you’ll have something to say about the below:
We get Steve’s point, but it is subtle; so let’s make the comment Steve wants us to make.
Smith and Winter had a goal in mind and consciously manipulated circumstances to develop proteins for an intended purpose. Yes, it was “evolution” in the sense that they changed something—but it wasn’t “evolution” in the sense that undirected variation filtered by natural selection fortuitously resulted in a beneficial result. The “evolution” was an intelligent design.
They did not use the same principles as undirected evolution. They did not just sit idly by and watch as a virus just happened to infect a bacterium which fortunately caused the bacterium to produce a protein with a valuable property. It was intelligent design—not evolution.
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