” Survival of the fittest ” , a phrase popular among every educated person . And no hints are needed to guess the genius who coined it . Charles Darwin is celebrating his 200th birthday this year and his findings still revolutionise researches related to evolution .The entire scientific community—the AAAS, the National Academies of Science, Nature Publishing, the UK’s Wellcome Trust—is celebrating Darwin this year.
Theologists and rationalists still stand divided over the “principal of evolution by natural selection” and the “origin of man” proposed by Darwin. “Biological science is very clear about the capability of a pregnant lizard to smell its enemy from a distance. It can mutate the genes of the offspring inside to give it the capacity to smell its enemy from a much longer distance. Isn’t this contrary to what Darwin said in the survival of the fittest theory?” asked Prof B M Hegde, cardiologist. But Dr Kumarasamy Thangaraj, senior scientist, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, said the progress made in genetics over the past 50 years were in line with Darwin’s predictions about evolution.
The church even today negates the evolution theory. “Even if one accepts the theory of evolution, it does not exclude divine intervention in the process of creation of the universe,” said Dr Paul Thelakkat, a church spokesman. Dr S. Gokul Shankar, a micro-biologist, said Dasavatharam, the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu, represented the theory of evolution.
Anyway , giving a twist to Darwin´s own words , its “survival of Darwin”.Yes the name still survives in all researches related to evolution of mankind .
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