Applied Evolution

    Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 13:06:33 -0500
    From: David Baum <dbaum@wisc.edu>
    Subject: Re: may be old, but it's applied
    To: Mara McDonald <mamcdona@wisc.edu>

    Good for the blog.

    Personally I am far from convinced - it is a very different thing to learn by study the PRODUCTS of evolution by natural selection than to model the PROCESS of evolution by NS. If we wanted to do that we would create multiple competing "United States," and set it up so that the US that only those with the best record of dealing with security threats would replicate their political infrastructure.... Far-fetched to say the least!


    On Oct 27, 2009, at 12:48 PM, Mara McDonald wrote:

    Hi David,

    I came across this article:

    Natural Security: Ecologist Says Evolution Offers Important Lessons for Security Policy



    Mara McDonaldOct 27, 2009 3:08 PM

    Michael Penn. 2009. "The Evolution Is On." In: Grow:Wisconsin's Magazine for the Life Sciences. Fall 2009. pp. 14-21.

    Penn's focus is primarily on agriculture and the pathogen-host race that goes on, due to strong selection on both partners to change (aka, evolve).

    Features David Baum, Sean Carroll, Eileen Cullen, Beth Dumont, Audey Gasch, Jason Harmon, Tony Ives, Christopher Olsen, Bret Payseur, Sarah Shramm.

    Mara McDonaldOct 27, 2009 3:17 PM

    Nicole Miller. Summer 2009. "Going to Extremes." Grow: Wisconsin's Magazine for the Life Sciences.

    Article on the extremophiles found in Yellowstone (and other areas).

    Mara McDonaldOct 27, 2009 3:22 PM

    Nicole Miller. Summer 2009. "The Drugs Start Here." Grow: Wisconsin's Magazine for the Life Sciences. pp.20--27.

    The race to find new antibiotics. Microbes (bacteria and fungi) have evolved to become resistant to most antibiotics. Research on new antibiotics include understanding the mechanisms underlying antibiotic ability to kill microbes, and finding new antibiotics in nature and by design.

    Mara McDonaldOct 27, 2009 3:34 PM

    Nicole Miller. Summer 2009. "A Microbe Made for CSI." Grow: Wisconsin's Magazine for the Life Sciences. p. 8

    Mike Cox's research on 'Deinococcus radiodurans,' a bacterium highly resistant to irradiation and able to repair it's DNA.