New research has shown that a novel way of looking at evolution is needed. Cells are sensitive and communicative information processing entities. Novelty in evolution comes in part from genome changes that are the result of regulated cellular activity. The next step in the understanding of evolution is emerging since the Modern Synthesis of Darwinism and Mendelism and the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in the middle of the last century.
Here are the slides of this lecture:
This is the latest research paper on the subject with more detail:
James A. Shapiro is a the founder of the concept of Natural Genetic Engineering.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Chicago
Gordon Center for Integrative Science
There was also a conference on this subject in 2008
all conference papers are availabe here