Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mutatin' Bacteria, Batman!

"Over the generations, in fits and starts, the bacteria did indeed evolve into faster breeders. The bacteria in the flasks today breed 75% faster on average than their original ancestor. Lenski and his colleagues have pinpointed some of the genes that have evolved along the way;"
This is a fascinating bit of science research. (Link to science writer Carl Zimmer's blog, The Loom.)

1 comment:

Lekhni said...

I am also reading about some amazing bacteria right now - the ones that can alter the magnetic composition of rocks in the ocean floor. Will read your link next!