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forgt subject & conf. -> evolution is NOT =math.

S. LaBonne labonnes at csc.albany.edu
Sun Jun 11 11:37:16 EST 1995


In article <3rdl9n$66e at ixnews4.ix.netcom.com>,
Jonah Thomas <JEThomas at ix.netcom.com> wrote:

>This leads to a potential problem for evolution:  When there are
>multiple copies of a gene, a mutation for improved function will have
>a diluted effect.  

It also leads to an _opportunity_ for evolution, since one copy of
a duplicated gene can diverge greatly from the common ancestor
without depriving the organism of an essential function.  Sometimes
entirely new, rather than merely "improved", functions can result
from this.
-- 
Steve LaBonne ******************* (labonnes at cnsunix.albany.edu)
"It can never be satisfied, the mind, never." - Wallace Stevens



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