Originally posted by sonhouse
Interesting article, but I'm afraid your headline has nothing to do with it. This is not man-made evolution; this is merely the reactivating of a gene (or genes) which had been produced by natural
evolution, a long, long time ago.
Remember, to have evolution, you need two things:
- a new
adaptation to new circumstances, and
- speciation as a result of this.
As far as I am aware, lab experiments have amply demonstrated the former, but not yet the latter (although I may be out of date on that, in which case I'd like to see the evidence). Nature, of course, has been able to demonstrate both in spades.
The experiment described in the article shows neither; the adaptation evoked was old, not new. Interesting, but not man-made evolution.