The Topic should be: Does the E. Coli Long Term Evolution Experiment Support Evolution?
What evolutionists and Mr Richard Lenski try and do is prove an assumed mechanism by which evolution is driven. Here's their main problem and why they cherish these bacterial experiments.
If you go back to the dilema they've created in that infamous "Evolution Definition Shell Game" arguement of what is and what it's not, they know full well the it is absolutely impossible to use the "Scientific Method" EVER to demonstrate mud to man philosophy. Or even just one type or KIND of animal turning into another KIND of animal. Hence in their mind, all they need do is observe a small change, then apply their worldview assumption to it using their version of inventive/creative holy terminology and demand that it is a FACT and say this is the proven mechanism of evolution by which mud to man came about without ANY purpose or intent or as Richard Dawkins said, "a lucky chemical accident".
The problem though with the above titled subject of E.coli experiments by Mr Lenski is that in most intellectual circles, they are so wrapped up in intelletualism and looking at thing from complicated angles from which only they themselves have the ability to understand and comprehend and therefore any percieved knowledge must be view through their eyes only, is that they most often fail to graps or ask the absolute simple questions that even a child could grasp. For example, where are most E.coli found , where do they live or what is their function & purpose ???????
For the most part they are the micro-flora of the gut or lower intestines of numerous living warm blooded organisms, but also in cold blooded animals and they help in the processing of waste. I work with mycorrhizal and bacterial applications regarding the roots of plants. These are fungi and bacteria which enable a plant to process and take in nutrients and water efficiently to be able to thrive in the wild. You might say they are the disgestive organisms turned inside out of what we have internally. Most all microbiology in the natural world are the work horses for what happens above that we all see and experience.
The link to Perry Marshall's site is interesting because he has many valid and intelligent points which absolutely infuriate Atheists because they have no answer. Here's an example. Evolutionists say that all life is driven by random mutations, thus this is what Mr Lenski and others try to prove. So they make an assumption of what they see in some new gene as proof of a lucky copying error (random mutation) as proof of the wonders of evolution at work doing it's amazing thing. Unfortunately as Perry and others here have brought out, geneticist such as James Shapiro, and I believe he quotes physicist Huburt Yockey quite a bit, they have shown where randomness is a joke. DNA actually has multiple algorithm genes for purposeful with intent reprogramming if necessary itself to environmental changes. There's no randomness. Again, back to E.coli, with us and other creatures they are constantly being immersed with change, that is depending on what we throw at them. That's why many of those native indigenus cultures of the Amazon can be seen on those documentaries hunting and days later back at camp cooking and feeding on what has been rotting for days but offers no health risk to themselves. The researchers on site were made sick by the mere stench of the food. Now if the researcher and his cameramen were to eat such foods they'd become deathly ill because it is totally foreign to the bacterial flora in their own digestive tract. Perhaps given time and small amounts they could acquire the taste as it's commonly said.
So the E.coli (like other bacteria) are actually designed to adapted to new situations. In fact the entire microflora of this whole entire planet is one big digestive recycling machine. It adapts to whatever situation is forced onto it. Most of the adaptive results have at times resulted in unfortunate diseases and such, but even that had the ultimate human cause, nature cannot be blamed even though many evolutionist celebrate such out breaks of Swine Flu, spanish Infuenza, etc as proof of their god. This adaptational purposeful engineering features however, as Perry Marshall has even brought out, were known as far back as 1948 - 1953 when Barbara McClintock discovered and observed, but not acknowledged until 1973. Why ????????? Because the evolutionary cronies who ran the show back then were so hung up on randomness that their egos wouldn't allow them to think any differently. To this day you will not find much about her in modern evolution biology books because of the embarrassment it causes them.
The interesting thing here is with all these discussions, the subject of DNA, RNA, Ribosomes, Bacteria (E.coli, etc) have been extremely slowed down for us to grasp. But in real life they do what they do at faster than supercomputer speed without traffic jams, accidents, mistakes and with precision efficiency. Randomness and evolution without purpose or intent simply do not nor will they ever give satisfying answers to these functions and their origins. Lenski's experiment was diliberately and intentionally slowed down to observe an outcome and I understand that. But the point is he didn't observe some remarkable lucky mistake. What happened was no different than what was found with the Nylonase bacteria, again yet another resultant adaptation to deal with mankind's stupidty and error in the first place.
My time is short for the moment as I need to attend to a student, but I believe there is a thread subject here from sometime back entitled, "Does DNA contain a Code?" That's where the real discussion should be, then you can move on to other matters, but I guess we all know that will never be laid to rest !!!