Current approaches in evolution: From molecules to cells and organisms

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  • Mukund Thattai,

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    1. National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India
    • Correspondences to: Mukund Thattai, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, GKVK Campus, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065, India.

      E-mail: thattai@ncbs.res.in

      Correspondences to: Sergio G. Peisajovich, Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto, 25 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 3G5.

      E-mail: sergio.peisajovich@utoronto.ca

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  • Sergio G. Peisajovich

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    1. Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • Correspondences to: Mukund Thattai, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, GKVK Campus, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065, India.

      E-mail: thattai@ncbs.res.in

      Correspondences to: Sergio G. Peisajovich, Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto, 25 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 3G5.

      E-mail: sergio.peisajovich@utoronto.ca

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  • Conflicts of interest: None.

ABSTRACT

This is an exciting time to be an evolutionary biologist. Indeed, it is difficult to keep up with all the studies that fall under the broad category of “Evolution” since they span species, traits, and scales of organization. This special issue gives a flavor of exciting new approaches in evolutionary biology, but also emphasizes universal themes. The reviews contained here discuss important aspects of molecular evolution at multiple scales, from individual proteins to complex regulatory networks, as well as from unicellular organisms to macroscopic traits in animals. Though the model systems are diverse, the issues addressed are fundamental: the origin of evolutionary novelties, and the forces that drive them to fixation. J. Exp. Zool. (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 322B: 465–467, 2014. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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