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Coevolution: Molecular

  1. Ronald M Adkins

Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005116.pub2



How to Cite

Adkins, R. M. 2008. Coevolution: Molecular. eLS. .

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  1. University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

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Molecular coevolution is an ongoing process by which a change in the sequence or function of a nucleic acid or protein molecule alters the selective effect of substitutions in another molecule or at other sites in the same molecule or of changes in the function of another molecule.


  • host defence;
  • ligand/receptor binding;
  • selection;
  • nonsynonymous substitution;
  • statistical genetics