Evolutionary Biology

Section edited by Fyodor Kondrashov and Puri Lopez-Garcia

This section aims to yield an integrative and interdisciplinary view of evolution. Suitable research directions include molecular and mechanistic aspects of evolution as well as studies focusing on the evolutionary process, such as phylogenetic patterns and relationships. Conceptual, experimental and theoretical studies are equally appreciated as long as the central research direction is any aspect of evolution. Evolutionary hypotheses are welcome as long as they are based on the most rigorous scientific standards.

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  1. Research

    Expansion of the molecular and morphological diversity of Acanthamoebidae (Centramoebida, Amoebozoa) and identification of a novel life cycle type within the group

    Acanthamoebidae is a “family” level amoebozoan group composed of the genera Acanthamoeba, Protacanthamoeba, and very recently Luapeleamoeba. This clade of amoebozoans has received considerable attention from the ...

    Alexander K. Tice, Lora L. Shadwick, Anna Maria Fiore-Donno, Stefan Geisen, Seungho Kang, Gabriel A. Schuler, Frederick W. Spiegel, Katherine A. Wilkinson, Michael Bonkowski, Kenneth Dumack, Daniel J. G. Lahr, Eckhard Voelcker, Steffen Clauß, Junling Zhang and Matthew W. Brown

    Biology Direct 2016 11:69

    Published on: 28 December 2016

  2. Research

    Evolution of the Tim17 protein family

    The Tim17 family of proteins plays a fundamental role in the biogenesis of mitochondria. Three Tim17 family proteins, Tim17, Tim22, and Tim23, are the central components of the widely conserved multi-subunit p...

    Vojtěch Žárský and Pavel Doležal

    Biology Direct 2016 11:54

    Published on: 19 October 2016

  3. Research

    Cancer heterogeneity and multilayer spatial evolutionary games

    Evolutionary game theory (EGT) has been widely used to simulate tumour processes. In almost all studies on EGT models analysis is limited to two or three phenotypes. Our model contains four main phenotypes. Mo...

    Andrzej Świerniak and Michał Krześlak

    Biology Direct 2016 11:53

    Published on: 13 October 2016

  4. Comment

    The essence of life

    Although biology has achieved great successes in recent years, we have not got a clear idea on “what is life?” Actually, as explained here, the main reason for this situation is that there are two completely d...

    Wentao Ma

    Biology Direct 2016 11:49

    Published on: 26 September 2016

  5. Review

    Unity and disunity in evolutionary sciences: process-based analogies open common research avenues for biology and linguistics

    For a long time biologists and linguists have been noticing surprising similarities between the evolution of life forms and languages. Most of the proposed analogies have been rejected. Some, however, have per...

    Johann-Mattis List, Jananan Sylvestre Pathmanathan, Philippe Lopez and Eric Bapteste

    Biology Direct 2016 11:39

    Published on: 20 August 2016

  6. Research

    Compartmentalization in PVC super-phylum: evolution and impact

    The PVC super-phylum gathers bacteria from seven phyla (Planctomycetes, Verrucomicrobiae, Chlamydiae, Lentisphaera, Poribacteria, OP3, WWE2) presenting different lifestyles, cell plans and environments. Planctomy...

    Sandrine Pinos, Pierre Pontarotti, Didier Raoult, Jean Pierre Baudoin and Isabelle Pagnier

    Biology Direct 2016 11:38

    Published on: 9 August 2016

  7. Discovery notes

    Alpha proteobacterial ancestry of the [Fe-Fe]-hydrogenases in anaerobic eukaryotes

    Eukaryogenesis, a major transition in evolution of life, originated from the symbiogenic fusion of an archaea with a metabolically versatile bacterium. By general consensus, the latter organism belonged to α p...

    Mauro Degli Esposti, Diego Cortez, Luis Lozano, Simon Rasmussen, Henrik Bjørn Nielsen and Esperanza Martinez Romero

    Biology Direct 2016 11:34

    Published on: 30 July 2016

  8. Research

    Selection on metabolic pathway function in the presence of mutation-selection-drift balance leads to rate-limiting steps that are not evolutionarily stable

    While commonly assumed in the biochemistry community that the control of metabolic pathways is thought to be critical to cellular function, it is unclear if metabolic pathways generally have evolutionarily sta...

    Alena Orlenko, Ashley I. Teufel, Peter B. Chi and David A. Liberles

    Biology Direct 2016 11:31

    Published on: 8 July 2016

  9. Research

    Infinitely long branches and an informal test of common ancestry

    The evidence for universal common ancestry (UCA) is vast and persuasive. A phylogenetic test has been proposed for quantifying its odds against independently originated sequences based on the comparison betwee...

    Leonardo de Oliveira Martins and David Posada

    Biology Direct 2016 11:19

    Published on: 7 April 2016

  10. Hypothesis

    Viroids: “living fossils” of primordial RNAs?

    The discovery of the viroid in 1971, which initiated the third major expansion of the biosphere towards smaller living entities—after discovery of the “subvisual” microorganisms in 1675 and that of the “submic...

    Theodor O. Diener

    Biology Direct 2016 11:15

    Published on: 25 March 2016

  11. Research

    Evolutionary loss of peroxisomes – not limited to parasites

    Peroxisomes are ubiquitous eukaryotic organelles that compartmentalize a variety of metabolic pathways that are primarily related to the oxidative metabolism of lipids and the detoxification of reactive oxygen...

    Vojtěch Žárský and Jan Tachezy

    Biology Direct 2015 10:74

    Published on: 23 December 2015

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