Neutral Theory, Transposable Elements, and Eukaryotic Genome Evolution. Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Among the multitude of papers published yearly in scientific journals, precious few publications may be worth looking back in half a century to appreciate the significance of the discoveries that would later become common knowledge and get a chance to shape a field or several adjacent fields. Here, Kimura's fundamental concept of neutral mutation-random drift, which was published 50?years ago, is re-examined in light of its pervasive influence on comparative genomics and, more specifically, on the contribution of transposable elements to eukaryotic genome evolution.

publication date

  • June 1, 2018