Erik Zinser News

UT Professor’s Hypothesis May be Game Changer for Evolutionary Theory

A new hypothesis posed by Associate Professor Erik Zinser and colleagues could be a game changer in the evolution arena. The hypothesis suggests some species are surviving by discarding genes and depending on other species to play their hand. The groundbreaking “Black Queen Hypothesis” got its name from the game of Hearts.

New Scientist: Black Queen Tells Microbes to be Lazy

The hypothesis of Erik Zinser, assistant professor of microbiology, is turning evolutionary theory on its head. Microorganisms can sometimes lose the ability to perform a function that appears to be necessary for their survival, and yet they still somehow manage to endure and multiply. How can this be?