For a view of a similar topic from 1983, have a look at the Prologue to James P. Hogan's Code of the Lifemaker.
And in about 48 hours time, I'll be on my way to ALIFE-XII - the 12th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, where I'm giving a paper.
The paper is called "Using Meta-Genetic Algorithms to tune parameters of Genetic Algorithms to find lowest energy Molecular Conformers, by Brain and Addicoat.
We used evolution to evolve a good evolutionary algorithm for helping determine biological properties of long-chain molecules. The good algorithms got to survive and breed, the less fit ones died out, till we had a "tuned" genetic algorithm that worked well.
As above, so below - with variations on a theme.