I have been thinking about E. coli and their evolution.
E. coli live in the gut. They are passed environmentally from parents to children.
When humans and baboons had their presumed common ancestor ~ 20 mill years ago, that should be the last time when E. coli in our bowel had a common ancestor with E. coli in the bowel of baboons in the wild.
“The biotype data indicate that the amount and distribution of genetic variation in the E. coli among free-ranging baboon troops are similar to those in isolates from humans. However, E. coli isolates from baboons are able to utilize a greater variety of sugars as their sole carbon source, possibly because of a greater variety of sugars in the baboon diet.”
If we sequence the E. coli from wild baboons and “wild” humans we should be able to see what evolution can achieve. We already know gene transfer plays a role in gut bacteria.
As an ID supporter I predict that there will be extra genes in baboon E. coli and extra genes in human E. coli but that the origin of these functioning genes will be gene transfer. There should be some random neutral mutations in the other E. coli genes as there have been about 3X10^9 generations of separate development. Of special interest would be the flagellar genes.
What do you think of my predictions? Can ID make predictions? Is ID testable? Will anyone do this experiment?