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This is the first in a new series of posts featuring research happening right here at Michigan State!
In the Microbiology department, Dr. Lenski’s lab is particularly notable. The lab studies experimental evolution, both with actual and digital organisms, but is best known for their long-term E. coli evolution experiment. The experiment was started in 1988, and as of this post, has reached almost 55,000 generations! The lab regularly analyzes the population and has watched as the population gains new traits and loses others.
Check out the the Lenski Lab webpage where you can see the current population number and read all about their research!