Books et al.Evolutionary Biology

The end of evolution?

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Science  08 Feb 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6427, pp. 590
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw4056

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In 1996, biochemist Michael Behe introduced the notion of "irreducible complexity," arguing that some biomolecular structures could not have evolved because their functionality requires interacting parts, the removal of any one of which renders the entire apparatus defective. This claim excited creationists and remains a central plank of the "intelligent design" movement, despite being rightly rejected by a U.S. federal judge in 2005 in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. In Darwin Devolves, Behe continues his quixotic efforts to overturn modern evolutionary theory.