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Becoming and passing away, passing on and innovation: evolution is life, and life is constant change - from the single-celled organism Luca 3.6 billion years ago to today, for example, in the face of new climatic challenges. Gradual changes in culture and society are also often referred to as evolution. In a six-month dossier, the Communications and Public Relations department is focussing on one of the most momentous scientific discoveries.

Abstract connection between genetics and technology: nature can serve as a model in developing algorithms.<address>© Alex -</address>
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Christian Grimme explains the principle of evolutionary algorithms

In many ways, nature serves as a model for processes and functions which we use in our everyday lives. Prof. Christian Grimme from the Department of Information Systems at the University of Münster has been working for many years now on, and with, so-called evolutionary algorithms which – as the name suggests – are oriented towards the underlying thoughts contained in the theory of biological evolution. Kathrin Kottke spoke to him about the function of this informatics-based approach.

Michelangeloʼs world-famous fresco “The Creation of Adam” was painted between 1508 and 1512. In the view of neuroscientist Frank Meshberger, the depiction of God the Father corresponds to a cross-section of the human brain.<address>© Wikipedia, public domain</address>
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Evolution: in a dialogue with theology

Prejudices regarding a supposed conflict between the theory of evolution and the theological understanding of creation remain stubborn. These are based on stretching the theory of evolution into a materialistic and atheistic ideology. In fact, the theory offers a range of approaches for a dialogue with theology.


TRIS-degrading bacteria of the genus Pseudomonas were discovered in the wastewater treatment plant in Coerde and in various other plants in the region. This degradation capability was transferred to another Pseudomonas strain in the laboratory, as indicated by the green fluorescence.<address>© Uni MS - Johannes Holert</address>
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Microbiologist Bodo Philipp on the adaptability of micro-organisms

Münster's wastewater contains bacteria that can decompose a substance called "TRIS", which is frequently used in laboratories - a team led by Prof Dr Bodo Philipp discovered this by chance and unravelled the metabolic pathway, which is new in evolutionary terms.

Evolution is researched in a wide variety of disciplines.<address>© alionaprof -</address>
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Research into evolution: four questions, four viewpoints

Growth and decay, passing things on and renewal: evolution is life, and life is constant. The word ‘evolution’ is also used to describe gradual changes in culture and society. To start the series off, four researchers from the University of Münster give their views here on the dazzling diversity of evolution and what research has discovered.

Evolution as gradual development is the most common scientific concept for understanding processes.<address>© Uni MS - Web and Design</address>
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A momentous discovery

“I feel as if I’m confessing a murder,” wrote Charles Darwin in his book “On the Origin of Species”, published in 1859. He was evidently aware that his new insights at that time were not only presenting some scientific theory. No, the British naturalist was shaking the prevailing conception of the world.

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