IUBio Biosequences .. Software .. Molbio soft .. Network News .. FTP

forgt subject & conf. -> evolution is NOT =math.

S. LaBonne labonnes at csc.albany.edu
Sun Jun 11 11:37:16 EST 1995

In article <3rdl9n$66e at ixnews4.ix.netcom.com>,
Jonah Thomas <JEThomas at ix.netcom.com> wrote:

>This leads to a potential problem for evolution:  When there are
>multiple copies of a gene, a mutation for improved function will have
>a diluted effect.  

It also leads to an _opportunity_ for evolution, since one copy of
a duplicated gene can diverge greatly from the common ancestor
without depriving the organism of an essential function.  Sometimes
entirely new, rather than merely "improved", functions can result
from this.
Steve LaBonne ******************* (labonnes at cnsunix.albany.edu)
"It can never be satisfied, the mind, never." - Wallace Stevens

More information about the Mol-evol mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net