Navigation Links
Scientific evidence supporting evolution continues to grow
Date:1/7/2008

WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Institute of Medicine (IOM) today released SCIENCE, EVOLUTION, AND CREATIONISM, a book designed to give the public a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the current scientific understanding of evolution and its importance in the science classroom. Recent advances in science and medicine, along with an abundance of observations and experiments over the past 150 years, have reinforced evolution's role as the central organizing principle of modern biology, said the committee that wrote the book.

"SCIENCE, EVOLUTION, AND CREATIONISM provides the public with coherent explanations and concrete examples of the science of evolution," said NAS President Ralph Cicerone. "The study of evolution remains one of the most active, robust, and useful fields in science."

"Understanding evolution is essential to identifying and treating disease," said Harvey Fineberg, president of IOM. "For example, the SARS virus evolved from an ancestor virus that was discovered by DNA sequencing. Learning about SARS' genetic similarities and mutations has helped scientists understand how the virus evolved. This kind of knowledge can help us anticipate and contain infections that emerge in the future."

DNA sequencing and molecular biology have provided a wealth of information about evolutionary relationships among species. As existing infectious agents evolve into new and more dangerous forms, scientists track the changes so they can detect, treat, and vaccinate to prevent the spread of disease.

Biological evolution refers to changes in the traits of populations of organisms, usually over multiple generations. One recent example highlighted in the book is the 2004 fossil discovery in Canada of fish with "intermediate" features -- four finlike legs -- that allowed the creature to pull itself through shallow water onto land. Scientists around the world cite this evidence as an important disc
'/>"/>

Contact: Maureen O'Leary
news@nas.edu
202-334-2138
The National Academies
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Saudi Arabias KAUST and IIT, Bombay to Collaborate on Scientific Research
2. Frontiers in Optics presents scientific advancements
3. Scientists launch deep-sea scientific drilling program to study volatile earthquake zone
4. HortTalks, a valuable scientific resource
5. New ETH Zurich article published in scientific journal Nature
6. Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Annual Scientific Conference
7. PNNLs Richard Smith named to prestigious Scientific American 50 list of outstanding leaders
8. Evolution education is a must says coalition of scientific and teaching organizations
9. A private bandwidth for communication in bats: Evidence from insular horseshoe bats
10. Comet probes reveal evidence of origin of life, scientists claim
11. Evidence of a relationship between swimming babies and infections
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/17/2015)... Minn. , March 17, 2015 ... technology company specializing in clinical study management systems, ... be in attendance at ARENA,s Outsourcing in Clinical ... NC.  This event provides an excellent forum for ... easy-to-use, flexible and affordable software-as-a-service (SaaS) eClinical technology ...
(Date:3/17/2015)... 2015  MecklerMedia Corporation (OTCQX: MECK) announced its ... robots ever held in New York ... 11-13, 2015 at the Javits Convention Center. ... include: Acorn Product Development; Axis NJ; c-Link Systems; ... Littler; NewBotic Corporation; Neya Systems LLC; Reliabotics; RoboKind; ...
(Date:3/12/2015)... Va. , March 12, 2015 IriTech, ... and a member of the Texas Instruments Design Network, ... Naidu has demonstrated its IriShield USB MK2120U device ... scanning facility for pension distribution. The ... assembled to be marketed in India ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Connect With MedNet Solutions At Outsourcing In Clinical Trials Southeast 2MecklerMedia's RoboUniverse New York Announces Sponsors and Exhibitors, May 11-13, 2015 2Indian States See IriTech's Scanner Bolstering Efficiency of Authentication for Aadhaar 2Indian States See IriTech's Scanner Bolstering Efficiency of Authentication for Aadhaar 3
... -- The Society of American Foresters has named Louisiana ... Director A. Gordon Holley as its 2012 Carl Alwin ... the 2012 Society of Foresters National Convention held Oct. ... outstanding performance in the field of forestry education. This ...
... . . . U.S. Forest Service and ... levels of ozone may amplify the impacts of higher ... and other water bodies. Such effects could potentially reduce ... in the southeastern United States. Using data on atmospheric ...
... A team led by researchers at the University of ... "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is prevalent ... well known for causing difficult-to-treat and potentially fatal bacterial ... it has also been infecting otherwise healthy people in ...
Cached Biology News:Louisiana Tech University professor earns national honor from Society of American Foresters 2November 2012 story tips 2Superbug MRSA identified in US wastewater treatment plants 2
(Date:4/1/2015)... April 01, 2015 The concept of “spot ... multi-billion dollar industry. Founder of Fasciology, Ashley Black, says that ... of fat, instead of having to wait for the whole ... that “ prior to fat cooling procedures, the only ... contouring, was liposuction, which is a highly invasive procedure.” It ...
(Date:4/1/2015)... England , April 1, 2015 ... biotechnology company developing novel biological drugs to treat ... pleased to announce the appointment of Christina ... will be responsible for providing medical and regulatory ... the Company. Dr. Coughlin has extensive ...
(Date:3/31/2015)... VANCOUVER , March 31, 2015  /PRNewswire/ - ESSA Pharma ... that it has filed with the Food and Drug ... ("IND") application related to the Company,s proposed clinical trial ... IND application is required in order for ESSA to ... The IND application is a complete description ...
(Date:3/31/2015)... 2015 Pittcon 2015, the 66th Conference ... on March 12, in New Orleans with an economic ... estimated by the New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau. ... and exhibitor personnel. Those who attended Pittcon for ... For the third year, the co-location of Food Labs ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Hybrid Health Guru, Ashley Black, announces that her invention The FasciaBlaster™ rivals the “fat cooling” procedures that reduce exercise and diet resistant fat pockets. 2Hybrid Health Guru, Ashley Black, announces that her invention The FasciaBlaster™ rivals the “fat cooling” procedures that reduce exercise and diet resistant fat pockets. 3Immunocore Appoints Dr. Christina Coughlin as Chief Medical Officer 2Immunocore Appoints Dr. Christina Coughlin as Chief Medical Officer 3Immunocore Appoints Dr. Christina Coughlin as Chief Medical Officer 4ESSA Pharma Inc. Announces Filing of Investigational New Drug Application for EPI-506 2ESSA Pharma Inc. Announces Filing of Investigational New Drug Application for EPI-506 3ESSA Pharma Inc. Announces Filing of Investigational New Drug Application for EPI-506 4Pittcon 2015 Hits the Big Easy in a Big Way 2Pittcon 2015 Hits the Big Easy in a Big Way 3Pittcon 2015 Hits the Big Easy in a Big Way 4
... , , PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Aug. ... the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has chosen Web of ... ( eSPA ). eSPA is an information technology system ... and tracking research outputs and outcomes, including publications and citations. , ...
... 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Oncothyreon Inc. (Nasdaq: ONTY ... relating to long-term treatment with Stimuvax were presented at ... 13th World Conference on Lung Cancer in San Francisco ... Goss from the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, ...
... BEIJING, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Yongye ... a leading developer and,distributor of Shengmingsu branded plant and ... today announced that the number of,independently owned, branded stores ... of June 30, 2009, up from 3,500,as of the ...
Cached Biology Technology:National Institutes of Health Chooses Web of Science(R) to Power electronic Scientific Portfolio Assistant (eSPA) 2Oncothyreon announces presentation of long-term Stimuvax data at World Conference on Lung Cancer 2Oncothyreon announces presentation of long-term Stimuvax data at World Conference on Lung Cancer 3Oncothyreon announces presentation of long-term Stimuvax data at World Conference on Lung Cancer 4Yongye International Announces Branded Store Network Increases Over 40% to 5,000 Stores 2Yongye International Announces Branded Store Network Increases Over 40% to 5,000 Stores 3