Tuesday, 31 July 2012

If Bacteria Remain Bacteria, Is That Evolution in Action?

Joel Kontinen

Evolution in action is a mantra we hear every now and then. One of the primary causes for this is that some bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. However, this has little, if anything, to do with evolution, as research has shown that bacteria that predate the medical use of antibiotics were resistant to antibiotics.

Furthermore, bacteria always remain bacteria, just like fruit flies remain fruit flies, regardless of headlines suggesting that evolution has occurred.

ICR’s latest That’s a Fact video looks at “evolving bacteria”.