A colleague is working on an article on examples of rapid evolution in the context of our “everyday” lives (i.e., things people see/encounter frequently). What is needed are good examples, with citations, of recent rapid evolution.
Some candidate examples include
- Artemisinin resistance in malaria: see http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0808859
- Flu evolution and pandemics – many examples from swine flu, etc.
- MRSA evolution – many papers. See for example Evolution of MRSA During Hospital Transmission and Intercontinental Spread. Science, 327 (5964), 469-474
- PCB resistance in fish
- See this recent Economist article.
- Also see Hudson River Fish Evolves to Live With PCBs – NYTimes.com
Obviously, many will be of “resistance” evolution (e.g., antibiotics, toxins) or host-pathogen interactions in some way. Other examples of these would be great. But even better would be some other recent examples of things like the peppered moth story. Thanks