Does experimental evolution reflect patterns in natural populations? E. coli strains from long-term studies compared with wild isolates

@article{Souza2002DoesEE,
  title={Does experimental evolution reflect patterns in natural populations? E. coli strains from long-term studies compared with wild isolates},
  author={Viviane Dal Molin de Souza and Michael Travisano and Paul E Turner and Lu{\'i}s Enrique Eguiarte},
  journal={Antonie van Leeuwenhoek},
  year={2002},
  volume={81},
  pages={143-153}
}
Our results show that experimental evolution mimics evolution in nature. In particular, only 1000 generations of periodic recombination with immigrant genotypes is enough for linkage disequilibrium values in experimental populations to change from a maximum linkage value to a value similar to the one observed in wild strains of E. coli. Our analysis suggests an analogy between the recombination experiment and the evolutionary history of E. coli; the E. coligenome is a patchwork of genes… CONTINUE READING
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