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The Experimental Study of Reverse Evolution

Suzanne Estes and Henrique Teotónio

in Experimental Evolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247666.003.0007
The Experimental Study of Reverse Evolution

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This chapter focuses on the experimental researches on reverse evolution, and discusses adaptive landscape models, which provide a useful framework to quantify contingencies of evolutionary change. Studies that reveal general features of adaptive landscapes in the context of reverse evolution are also presented. The chapter furthermore discusses the genetic mechanisms of reverse evolution and effects of recombination on the likelihood of reverse evolution.

Keywords: reverse evolution; adaptive landscape; evolutionary change; genetic mechanisms; recombination

Chapter.  16287 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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