R1 Evolution by Any Other Name

R1 Evolution by Any Other Name - R1: Evolution by Any Other...

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R1: Evolution by Any Other Name: Antibiotic Resistance and Avoidance of the E-Word - The increase in resistance of human pathogens to antimicrobial agents is one of the best- documented examples of evolution in action - However, the actual word “evolution” is rarely used in papers describing this research o Instead, scientists will say that resistance has “emerged”, “arisen”, or “spread” o There was an experiment that searched scientific journals published since 2000 to establish the frequency with which the word “evolution” is used by evolutionary biologists versus researchers o The results showed a huge disparity All of the articles in the evolutionary genetics journals used the word evolution but 10/15 of the articles in the biomedical literature didn’t However, despite the disparity, the medical literature competently described the process using other terms o There was no evidence that suggested that medical researchers were denying that evolutionary processes were involved in antibiotic resistance
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