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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. Resolution of the link between micro- and macroevolution calls for comparing both processes on the same deterministic landscape, such as genomic, metabolic or fitness networks. We apply this perspective to the...

    Authors: Alexander V. Badyaev, Erin S. Morrison, Virginia Belloni and Michael J. Sanderson

    Citation: Biology Direct 2015 10:45

    Content type: Research

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  2. “Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg?” We suggest this question is not a paradox. The Modern Synthesis envisions speciation through genetic changes in germ cells via random mutations, an “Egg first” scena...

    Authors: Yitzhak Pilpel and Oded Rechavi

    Citation: Biology Direct 2015 10:34

    Content type: Comment

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  3. Fundamental problems faced by the protocells and their modern descendants include how to go from one phenotypic state to another; escape from a basin of attraction in the space of phenotypes; reconcile conflic...

    Authors: Vic Norris, Rosetta N Reusch, Kazuei Igarashi and Robert Root-Bernstein

    Citation: Biology Direct 2014 10:28

    Content type: Hypothesis

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  4. Internalization-based hypotheses of eukaryotic origin require close physical association of host and symbiont. Prior hypotheses of how these associations arose include chance, specific metabolic couplings betw...

    Authors: Scott L Hooper and Helaine J Burstein

    Citation: Biology Direct 2014 9:24

    Content type: Research

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Biology Direct 2015 10:11

  5. Through the course of their evolution, viruses with large genomes have acquired numerous host genes, most of which perform function in virus reproduction in a manner that is related to their original activitie...

    Authors: Natalya Yutin, Guilhem Faure, Eugene V Koonin and Arcady R Mushegian

    Citation: Biology Direct 2014 9:22

    Content type: Discovery notes

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  6. Because amino acid activation is rate-limiting for uncatalyzed protein synthesis, it is a key puzzle in understanding the origin of the genetic code. Two unrelated classes (I and II) of contemporary aminoacyl-...

    Authors: Charles W Carter Jr, Li Li, Violetta Weinreb, Martha Collier, Katiria Gonzalez-Rivera, Mariel Jimenez-Rodriguez, Ozgün Erdogan, Brian Kuhlman, Xavier Ambroggio, Tishan Williams and S Niranj Chandrasekharan

    Citation: Biology Direct 2014 9:11

    Content type: Research

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  7. Cryptomonads, are a lineage of unicellular and mostly photosynthetic algae, that acquired their plastids through the “secondary” endosymbiosis of a red alga — and still retain the nuclear genome (nucleomorph) ...

    Authors: David R Smith, Serge N Vinogradov and David Hoogewijs

    Citation: Biology Direct 2014 9:7

    Content type: Discovery notes

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  8. The problem of probabilistic inference of gene content in the last common ancestor of several extant species with completely sequenced genomes is: for each gene that is conserved in all or some of the genomes,...

    Authors: Lavanya Kannan, Hua Li, Boris Rubinstein and Arcady Mushegian

    Citation: Biology Direct 2013 8:32

    Content type: Research

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  9. The recently discovered Pandoraviruses are by far the largest viruses known, with their 2 megabase genomes exceeding in size the genomes of numerous bacteria and archaea. Pandoraviruses show a distant relation...

    Authors: Natalya Yutin and Eugene V Koonin

    Citation: Biology Direct 2013 8:25

    Content type: Discovery notes

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