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The Year in Evolutionary Biology (4)

Edited by Edited by Timothy A. Mousseau (University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina) and Charles W. Fox (University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky)
The Year in Evolutionary Biology (4)

Published: May 2012

Volume 1256

Reviews of how complex genetic processes influence and are influence by evolution.
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The 2012 installment in The Year in Evolutionary Biology series comprises six compelling reviews exploring fundamental evolutionary elements, from single-gene dynamics to system-level progression. A common theme to these reviews is the focus on mechanisms that shape gene architecture, selection, and duplication in the service of evolution. Papers in this issue include a model of the interplay between competition and mutualism (i.e., beneficial interspecific interactions) in the expression of genes; an intriguing exploration of the genetic and physiological basis of the interaction of stress and inbreeding depression; a persuasive look at the application of information theory to better understand the evolution of information-processing capacity; a review of the evolution of the nearly ubiquitous Hox gene and diversity in the body plan and morphology of organisms; an overview of angiosperm genome duplication and its potential import for elucidating mechanisms of gene duplication; and, finally, a fascinating analysis of the interrelated roles of canalized changes and phenotypic plasticity in determining character displacement.