The College Fix LISTENS TO David Gelernter on Darwin! 

It’s almost as though people are “getting it” that Darwinism now functions as an intolerant secular religion. Evolution rolls on oblivious but, here and there, heads are getting cracked over the differences between what really happens and what Darwinians insist must happen.

Source: The College Fix LISTENS TO David Gelernter on Darwin! | Uncommon Descent

Contrasting genomic shifts underlie parallel phenotypic evolution in response to fishing 

Fish populations respond rapidly to fishing pressure. Within a handful of generations, marked phenotypic change can occur—often to smaller body sizes, because it is the big fish that are usually extracted. Therkildsen et al. examined wild ancestor fish lineages and found that polygenic mechanisms underpin this rapid evolutionary capacity (see the Perspective by Jørgensen and Enberg). Phenotypic change happened in two ways: first, by multiple small parallel changes in hundreds of unlinked genes associated with growth variation in the wild, and second, by shifts in large blocks of linked genes, causing large allele frequency changes at some loci.Science , this issue p. [487][1]; see also p. [443][2]Humans cause widespread evolutionary change in nature, but we still know little about the genomic basis of rapid adaptation in the Anthropocene. We tracked genomic changes across all protein-coding genes in experimental fish populations that evolved pronounced shifts in growth rates due to size-selective harvest over only four generations. Comparisons of replicate lines show parallel allele frequency shifts that recapitulate responses to size-selection gradients in the wild across hundreds of unlinked variants concentrated in growth-related genes. However, a supercluster of genes also rose rapidly in frequency and dominated the evolutionary dynamic in one replicate line but not in others. Parallel phenotypic changes thus masked highly divergent genomic responses to selection, illustrating how contingent rapid adaptation can be in the face of strong human-induced selection. [1]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aaw7271 [2]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aay3158

Source: Contrasting genomic shifts underlie parallel phenotypic evolution in response to fishing | Science

Even viruses have complex origins now 

Well, this is interesting, for sure: “The findings show that this broad class of single-stranded DNA viruses, which infect all three cellular domains of life, have acquired their genetic components through complex evolutionary processes not traceable to a single ancestral event.” Maybe there wasn’t

Source: Even viruses have complex origins now | Uncommon Descent

TESS satellite uncovers ‘first nearby super-Earth’ 

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a mission designed to comb the heavens for exoplanets, has discovered its first potentially habitable world outside of our own solar system — and an international team of astronomers has characterized the super-Earth, about 31 light-years away.

Source: TESS satellite uncovers ‘first nearby super-Earth’ — ScienceDaily