Evolution of Evolvability
Article first published online: 6 FEB 2006
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume 870, MOLECULAR STRATEGIES IN BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION pages 146–155, May 1999
ABSTRACT: Genomic sequence data provide evidence for a common origin of life and for its evolution by genetic variation via mutation and recombination. This paper discusses the fundamental dialectic paradigm of evolution-stability versus variability-at the crossroads of molecular genetics, population genetics, ecology, and the emerging science of experimental evolution. Experimental evolution of molecules, viruses, and bacteria can be used not only to test some basic evolutionary hypotheses but also to create new organisms for applications in biotechnology, agriculture, and medicine.