A role for genetic accommodation in evolution?

  title={A role for genetic accommodation in evolution?},
  author={Christian Braendle and Thomas Flatt},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  volume={28 9},
Whether evolutionary change can occur by genetic assimilation, or more generally by genetic accommodation, remains controversial. Here we examine some of the experimental evidence for both phenomena. Several experiments in Drosophila suggest that assimilation is possible, and a new paper shows that a color polyphenism in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, can evolve by genetic accommodation. We argue that genetic accommodation, including assimilation, is a plausible mechanism in evolution… CONTINUE READING
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