Adam Wilkins – skepticism about natural selection

Quote from biologist Adam Wilkins (former editor of the journal BioEssays) explaining the increasing prevalence of skepticism about natural selection as a growing split within biology in an open-access review of Shapiro’s book ‘Evolution: A View from the 21st Century’

“[Jim Shapiro’s] contention that natural selection’s importance for evolution has been hugely overstated represents a point of view that has a growing set of adherents. (A few months ago, I was amazed to hear it expressed, in the strongest terms, from another highly eminent microbiologist.) My impression is that evolutionary biology is increasingly separating into two camps, divided over just this question. On the one hand are the population geneticists and evolutionary biologists who continue to believe that selection has a ‘creative’ and crucial role in evolution and, on the other, there is a growing body of scientists (largely those who have come into evolution from molecular biology, developmental biology or developmental genetics, and microbiology) who reject it.”

http://gbe.oxfordjournals.org/content/4/4/423.full

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