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Apparently, George Church has figured out a way to do it:

[Church] and his team of researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston invented a table-top machine that can generate multiple changes in the DNA of bacteria all at once, speeding up the evolutionary process.

The technology, known as multiplex automated genetic engineering, or MAGE, was created by Church, Wang, Farren Isaacs, and others in Church’s group. It can induce 50 different gene alterations in a population of bacteria almost simultaneously, creating billions of cellular mutations in a matter of days, the team said. They can then identify the most- useful mutations, the scientists said.

I won’t pretend to be an expert here, but it strikes me that this isn’t truly evolution. Rather, it’s a highly sophisticated way of producing genetic mutations (which is no small thing to sneeze at). Evolution, technically, requires reproduction, mutation, selection, reproduction of the surviving organisms, etc. In the case of Church, he is acting as the selector versus a competitive, dispassionate environment. Church’s process is more akin to Intelligent Design than evolution, per se.  The former assumes an intelligent selector while evolution does not.  Evolution does not have an end point in mind–it is simply a process, an algorithm.  It is an important distinction.

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