A formal theory of the selfish gene.

  title={A formal theory of the selfish gene.},
  author={Andrew Gardner and John J. Welch},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  volume={24 8},
Adaptation is conventionally regarded as occurring at the level of the individual organism. In contrast, the theory of the selfish gene proposes that it is more correct to view adaptation as occurring at the level of the gene. This view has received much popular attention, yet has enjoyed only limited uptake in the primary research literature. Indeed, the idea of ascribing goals and strategies to genes has been highly controversial. Here, we develop a formal theory of the selfish gene, using… CONTINUE READING
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