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Keith R. Oliver and Wayne K. Greene Transposable elements and viruses as factors in adaptation and evolution: an expansion and strengthening of the TE-Thrust hypothesis Ecology and Evolution 2

Version of Record online: 16 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.400

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We have expanded the TE-Thrust hypothesis to more fully account for the contribution of viruses and the horizontal transfer and life cycle of TEs. ‘Adaptive potential’ and ‘evolutionary potential’ are proposed as the extremes of a continuum of ‘intra-genomic potential’ due to TE-Thrust and evidence on the realisation of ‘evolutionary potential’ is also presented, which is compatible with the known differential survivals, and radiations, of lineages. Collectively, these data further suggest the possibility, or likelihood, of punctuated episodes of speciation events and evolutionary transitions, coinciding with, and heavily underpinned by, intermittent bursts of TE activity.

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