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Biotech

Submission + - Bacteria make major evolutionary shift in the lab (newscientist.com)

Auxbuss writes: A major evolutionary innovation has unfurled right in front of researchers' eyes. It's the first time evolution has been caught in the act of making such a rare and complex new trait.

And because the species in question is a bacterium, scientists have been able to replay history to show how this evolutionary novelty grew from the accumulation of unpredictable, chance events.

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Bacteria make major evolutionary shift in the lab

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If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.

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