COMMUNIQUÉ by Martha Hutchens

My Life with Darwin

A Report on Evolution from the Laboratory Bench

When other Christians hear that I’m a biomedical scientist, they sometimes ask how I deal with evolution. This question could mean several things: First, do the evidential claims of “evolution” compel assent from someone who has studied biology as much as I have? Second, am I under any pressure from my colleagues and superiors to submit to its tenets? Third, does the “theory of evolution” constitute such a compelling and all-encompassing paradigm that I can’t address scientific questions without reference to it?

Now “evolution” may mean any of several things to the person asking the question. Sometimes it . . .

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Martha Hutchens received her Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Michigan, where she studied the immune response to vaccinia virus. As an undergraduate, she did research at Michigan State University developing a test for infection by the oomycete pathogen Pythium insidiosum. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she studies intracellular signaling pathways controlling inflammation.

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