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Molecular Evolution: Patterns and Rates

  1. Lindell Bromham

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0001799.pub3



How to Cite

Bromham, L. 2008. Molecular Evolution: Patterns and Rates. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Australian National University, Centre for Macroevolution and Macroecology, School of Botany and Zoology, Canberra, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

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The pace of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) evolution varies across the genome and between species, determined by the balance between mutation, selection and drift.


  • substitution rate;
  • DNA;
  • mutation;
  • selection;
  • drift