A Nobel Prize for evolution

McCully AL, Behringer MG, Gliessman JR, Pilipenko EV, Mazny JL, Lynch M, Drummond DA, McKinlay JB, Evolution (2019).


Most descriptions surrounding the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Frances Arnold, Sir Gregory Winter, and George Smith — for directed evolution and phage display — have focused on the present‐day applied benefits derived from directing evolutionary processes toward humanity’s ends. Delightfully, that is not the whole story: we have also learned much about natural evolution through the attempts to direct it.