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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd B. Müller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.001.0001

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Complexities in Genome Structure and Evolution

Complexities in Genome Structure and Evolution

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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis

Michael Purugganan

The MIT Press

This chapter analyzes the revolutionary impact of genomic science on the study of evolution, and addresses the issues that modern evolutionary biology has either learned or needs to grapple with in the age of genomics. It suggests that transposable elements are genomic constituents which can result in novel genes or gene functions. The chapter proposes that although epigenetic changes remain compatible with the Modern Synthesis, dissecting the details could possibly result in new insights into the dynamics of the evolutionary process which are not currently considered. It shows that the nature of epistasis is increasingly gaining prominence, and offers new avenues of research into the genetic architecture of evolutionary change.

Keywords:   genomic science, evolution, modern evolutionary biology, transposable elements, Modern Synthesis, epistasis

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