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Nat Rev Genet. 2003 Sep;4(9):735-41.

Opening Darwin's black box: teaching evolution through developmental genetics.

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Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081, USA. sgilber1@swarthmore.edu

Abstract

When biologists are asked to discuss the evidence for evolution at public forums, they usually use well-established microevolutionary examples. Although these examples show the efficacy of evolution within species, they often leave audiences susceptable to the arguments of creationists who deny that evolution can create new structures and species. Recent studies from evolutionary developmental biology are beginning to provide case studies that specifically address these concerns. This perspective presents some of this new evidence and provides a framework in which to explain homology and phylogeny to such audiences.

PMID:
12951574
DOI:
10.1038/nrg1159
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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