Evolution Chip

by Irma Arkus

Brian Paegel and Gerald Joyce have announced their latest invention: the “Darwin chip,” a small device that creates a complex RNA used for detection of heavy metals and other pollutants.

As reported by New Scientist, the chip can be used in classroom for a speedy demonstration of evolution, a term recently thrown about by both presidential candidates and educators who called it an “unproven theory.”

Paegel and Joyce’s device creates a molecule which becomes 90 percent more efficient over the course of only 70 hours.

Not only can this device manufacture easy-to-make molecules used as environmental sensors, but it also has the potential to change the life of Chuck Missler, better known as the the peanut butter guy, or that of the banana guy.