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Submission + - Avoidance of the e-word in medical research

Ra Zen writes: An essay published in this week's PloS Biology (http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request =get-document&doi=10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.0050030) highlights the non-use of the word "evolution" in medical journal articles dealing with antimicrobial resistance. From the article, "the increase in resistance of human pathogens to antimicrobial agents is one of the best-documented examples of evolution in action... In spite of the importance of antimicrobial resistance, we show that the actual word 'evolution' is rarely used in the papers describing this research." The authors go on to show that the use of the word evolution in research articles is directly correlated to the use of the word in popular media describing those findings. This has created a minor stir among the Intelligent Design crowd, who regard this as "pro-evolutionary propaganda," as evidenced by the post on William Dembski's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Dembski) blog Uncommon Descent (http://www.uncommondescent.com/archives/2072).

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman