Department Fish Ecology and Evolution
Population size changes and selection drive patterns of parallel evolution in a host–virus system
May 8, 2018
According to researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön and Eawag Kastaninebaum, evolution can proceed similarly under the same starting conditions and produce the same characteristics. The genetic material is quite different: in each repetition of the experiment, the algae carry different mutations. The scientists thus show that the evolution of new properties can proceed in parallel, even if the underlying genes develop differently.