On the Possibility of Constructive Neutral Evolution

@article{Stoltzfus1999OnTP,
  title={On the Possibility of Constructive Neutral Evolution},
  author={Arlin Stoltzfus},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
  year={1999},
  volume={49},
  pages={169-181}
}
  • A. Stoltzfus
  • Published 1 August 1999
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Molecular Evolution
Abstract. The neutral theory often is presented as a theory of ``noise'' or silent changes at an isolated ``molecular level,'' relevant to marking the steady pace of divergence, but not to the origin of biological structure, function, or complexity. Nevertheless, precisely these issues can be addressed in neutral models, such as those elaborated here with regard to scrambled ciliate genes, gRNA-mediated RNA editing, the transition from self-splicing to spliceosomal splicing, and the retention… Expand
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