Molecular Evolution

Molecular evolution is in part a process of evolution at the scale of DNA, RNA, and proteins. Molecular evolution emerged as a scientific field in the 1960s as researchers from molecular biology, evolutionary biology and population genetics sought to understand recent discoveries on the structure and function of nucleic acids and protein. Some of the key topics that spurred development of the field have been the evolution of enzyme function, the use of nucleic acid divergence as a "molecular clock" to study species divergence, and the origin of noncoding DNA.

Recent advances in genomics, including whole-genome sequencing, high-throughput protein characterization, and bioinformatics have led to a dramatic increase in studies on the topic. In the 2000s, some of the active topics have been the role of gene duplication in the emergence of novel gene function, the extent of adaptive molecular evolution versus neutral processes of mutation and drift, and the identification of molecular changes responsible for various human characteristics especially those pertaining to infection, disease, and cognition.

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Journal Of Molecular Evolution - Scope
... in its broadest sense" by publishing research that is of broad interest to the field of molecular evolution that it helped define, as well as to biology in general ... that the journal does not cover research either on practical applications of molecular evolution, or articles "whose focus is very restricted and that do not lead to ... However, he looked forward to coverage of new, rapidly developing areas of molecular evolution such as molecular developmental biology and work connecting molecular evolution to ...
Molecular Evolution - Journals and Societies
... Journals dedicated to molecular evolution include Molecular Biology and Evolution, Journal of Molecular Evolution, and Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution ... Research in molecular evolution is also published in journals of genetics, molecular biology, genomics, systematics, or evolutionary biology ... The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution publishes the journal "Molecular Biology and Evolution" and holds an annual international meeting ...
Non-Darwinian Evolution
... "Non-Darwinian Evolution" is a 1969 scientific paper co-authored by Jack Lester King and Thomas H ... credited, along with Motoo Kimura's 1968 paper "Evolutionary Rate at the Molecular Level", with proposing what became known as the neutral theory of molecular ... of the genetic code to comparative immunology, to argue that most protein evolution is due to neutral mutations and genetic drift ...

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