In “Zoologger: Clone army steals genes from other species” (New Scientist, 23 May 2011), Michael Marshall discusses the way clams steal genes from other clams. And how some life forms don’t have sex at all:
The poster children for asexuality are bdelloid rotifers, tiny animals that have gone without sex for 80 million years. But they cheat: they steal swathes of genes from bacteria, fungi and plants.
So … what about the assured results of scientific evolution theory?
What can we certainly predict, other than that bdelloid rotifers will not become anything else, no matter whose genes they steal? But what would that mean for Darwinian evolution? For the theory of genes?
Warning: Clam sex (or maybe not) discussed.