Am I alone in finding it amusing that (according to the cell.com article) “some phages produce anti-CRISPR (Acr) proteins”? I suppose I have a quirky sense of humor but I think it comical that microorganisms have become so annoyed at humans intruding upon their genetic affairs that they have struck back and tried to lock their doors! They’d prefer that we mind our own business.
[Yes, I’ve taken huge anthropomorphic liberties which have no basis in fact. But I enjoy myself. This is another topic where a The Far Side type of cartoonist could have a lot of fun, such as imagining a truce called between the bacteria and bacteriophages so that they can discuss mutual defenses against increasingly annoying CRISPR experiments. One hapless bacterium, the low guy on the totem pole, gets drafted to wear a poorly tailored “protein coat” which bacteria and phage scientists have crafted to ward off CRISPR intrusions. While the tailor makes final adjustments, the reluctant bacterium looks at himself in a full-length mirror and says, “Yeah, but the cuffs are too long and it makes me look like I have no waist at all!”]
As to the Evolution News & Views article, the spin is about what I would expect. This brings to mind a topic which we should perhaps discuss in its own thread someday: Does Evolution News & Views often appear to operate at cross-purposes to the objectives and effectiveness of Discovery Institute scientists? If not for ENV muddying the waters, would DI scientists have a better chance of getting a hearing? (That’s a question, not a statement with an agenda. I just wonder about the “disconnect” I often sense between ENV and DI scholars.)