I consider this simple argument as a final nail in the coffin of Darwinian unguided evolution.
Neo-Darwinians breathed a sigh of relief when in the 1930s they found a way to incorporate Mendel’s laws of heredity. Now, that relief is unraveling.
Darwin gets credit by default for changes in organisms that should be seen instead as engineered products of foresight.
If lateral gene transfer is rampant throughout life, the universal tree of life becomes a matter of philosophical preference, not empirical demonstration.
How could the authors suddenly do this? Some of the following points may be considered.