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Pavel Klimov

There and Back Again: Evidence of Reverse Evolution Seen in Dust Mites

It's commonly held -- but not universally accepted  -- that evolution is a one-way street. Researchers who deny the idea that evolutionary traffic can only move forward saw their  arguments bolstered this week with the publication of a study suggesting that house dust mites may have evolved from free-living creatures into full-time parasites, only to abandon that evolutionary track and go back the way they came, reverting to the free-living creatures that live invisibly in your carpet, bed, and other places in your home that it's probably best not to think about them living.

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