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Protein Families: Evolution

  1. Richard R Copley

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0006003



How to Cite

Copley, R. R. 2006. Protein Families: Evolution. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Analysis of protein sequence and structure shows that proteins can be grouped into evolutionarily related families. These families can be used to understand protein function and aspects of genome evolution.


  • protein families;
  • evolution;
  • homology;
  • sequence;
  • structure;
  • genomes