Niche partitioning in the coevolution of 2 distinct RNA enzymes.

  title={Niche partitioning in the coevolution of 2 distinct RNA enzymes.},
  author={Sarah B Voytek and Gerald F Joyce},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={106 19},
Organisms that compete for limited resources within a common environment may evolve traits that allow them to exploit distinct ecological niches, thus enabling multiple species to coexist within the same habitat. The process of niche partitioning now has been captured at the molecular level, employing the method of continuous in vitro evolution. Mixed populations of 2 different "species" of RNA enzymes were made to compete for limited amounts of one or more substrates, with utilization of the… CONTINUE READING