The dynamic clonal genome and its adaptive potential


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Populations of clonal organisms are often represented as being evolutionary inert with persistent genetic fidelity. The advent of molecular methods and the corresponding increased genetic resolution of clonal populations forces a reconsideration of this viewpoint. We review molecular data from viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes to support the argument that clones possess a highly dynamic and adaptive genome. © 2003 The Linnean Society of London, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2003, 79, 193–208.