“Using a process called paleo-experimental evolution, Georgia Tech researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. This bacterium has now been growing for more than 1,000 generations, giving the scientists a front row seat to observe evolution in action.”
via The Daily Galaxy
You may already know how I feel about germs and bacteria like E. coli – so it pains me to admit that as much as this article totally creeps me out, it also fascinates and amazes me. “Evolution in action.” Yay science!