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Before nature selects,
gene networks steer a course for evolution

Biologists and mathematicians at the University of Illinois work together to examine the developmental sources of variation within and between species

Natural selection is a race to reproduce, a competition between individuals with varying traits that helps direct the evolution of a species. As scientists begin to explore the complex networks of genes that shape the form and function of each individual, they can ask a new question about evolution: How do the structures of these gene networks determine which individuals appear on the starting line, silently influencing evolution before competition has even begun?

Read the full article at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Publication Date: 02/09/2016
Photo credits: Kathryn Coulter and Karen Sears
Editor: Claudia Lutz