Why “tweaking Darwinism a little” ain’t gonna get the job done – Denis Noble, the Martin Luther of Evolutionary Biology

Denis Noble, one of the judges for the Evolution 2.0 Prize, discusses in this interview why we can’t just put lipstick on a pig – why the public needs to be aware that evolutionary theory has undergone a revolution, and how this affects not only religious and philosophical discussions but policies and actions in medicine economics and politics.

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2 Responses

  1. Richard Cocks says:

    Hi, Perry. I’m a fan of Evolution 2.0. I’m wondering if you have addressed the topic of “radiation breeding” somewhere. It is claimed that useful new features of plants were created in this manner. Would this be an example of transposition, and thus not true randomness? https://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/28/science/28crop.html

    • Perry Marshall says:

      Richard, hi and welcome. Great question.

      This is not terribly different from how Barbara McClintock or Evelyn Witkin produced the changes in their plants. Light doses of radiation damage DNA, then repair mechanisms kick in and fix the damage in ways that the organism finds acceptable, according to rules that we only dimly understand. I do not know for sure but transposition would be a reasonable guess.

      If you read carefully, Evolution 2.0 does mention this kind of behavior – that the fruit fly radiation experiments bombed but controlled versions of similar experiments produced transposition and gene repair.

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