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January 26, 2011 /  Nivea

Evolution by Mistake

Joanna Masel, associate professor in the UA’s department of ecology and evolutionary biology, and postdoctoral fellow Etienne Rajon discovered the ways organisms deal with mistakes that occur while the genetic code in their cells is being interpreted greatly influences their ability to adapt to new environmental conditions — in other words, their ability to evolve.

via Evolution by Mistake: Major Driving Force Comes from How Organisms Cope With Errors at Cellular Level

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