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Darwin in a Test Tube

April 29, 2009

biology graphic A group of scientists at the Scripps Research Institute has set up the microscopic equivalent of the Galapagos Islands--an artificial ecosystem inside a test tube where molecules evolve to exploit distinct ecological niches, similar to the finches that Charles Darwin famously described in "The Origin of the Species" 150 years ago. Full Story

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