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Good news this week for believers in common sense, opponents of intelligent design, and, incidentally, for writers of columns about natural selection.

First, Japanese volunteers have helped to provide evidence that natural selection has been tinkering with our genetic makeup far more recently than might be supposed. And second, over in Tennessee, feted for country & western music and mocked as a stronghold of the “intelligent design” movement, new evidence has emerged that natural selection is the driving force behind the origin of species.

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