Biochemical mechanisms of evolution and the role of oxygen.

  title={Biochemical mechanisms of evolution and the role of oxygen.},
  author={Vladimir P. Skulachev},
  journal={Biochemistry. Biokhimiia},
  volume={63 11},
The concept formulated here presumes the existence of specific mechanisms of evolution that save intermediate (and therefore imperfect) forms of organisms from elimination by natural selection. A change in the life strategy made in situations when the appearance of a new trait worsens, rather than improves, adaptation of the organism to the changing environment can be one of these mechanisms. The concept postulates that, in such cases, K-strategy (relatively low rates of reproduction and… CONTINUE READING