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March 11, 2009

Darwin's Influence on New Technologies

The Houston Chronicle used the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth to examine some new technologies whose development can be attributed to Darwin's theories. In the field of law enforcement, DNA identification techniques have had tremendous impact on forensic science and criminal justice. In the field of medicine, scientists have come to understand that evolution can cause bacteria and viruses to mutate over time, with antibiotics and vaccines becoming ineffective as a result. In computer science, genetic algorithms use the model of natural selection to evolve solutions in areas such as air traffic control and weather forecasting.

See the article for an example of how a company called Maxygen used genetic algorithms to design a new household detergent.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at March 11, 2009 3:58 PM
category: Evolutionary Computation

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