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Theories and models

Section edited by Laura Kubatko and Arne Traulsen

This section considers studies in mathematical modeling of evolutionary processes and research into theoretical areas.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Host-parasite coevolution is generally believed to follow Red Queen dynamics consisting of ongoing oscillations in the frequencies of interacting host and parasite alleles. This belief is founded on previous t...

    Authors: Chaitanya S Gokhale, Andrei Papkou, Arne Traulsen and Hinrich Schulenburg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:254

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    We wish to understand how sex and recombination affect endogenous retroviral insertion and deletion. While theory suggests that the risk of ectopic recombination will limit the accumulation of repetitive DNA i...

    Authors: Patrick Gemmell, Jotun Hein and Aris Katzourakis

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:243

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    It is often assumed that evolution takes place on very large timescales. Countering this assumption, rapid evolutionary dynamics are increasingly documented in biological systems, e.g. in the context of predat...

    Authors: Mathias Franz, Oliver Schülke and Julia Ostner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:235

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    Reassortment between the RNA segments encoding haemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA), the major antigenic influenza proteins, produces viruses with novel HA and NA subtype combinations and has preceded th...

    Authors: Melissa J Ward, Samantha J Lycett, Dorita Avila, Jonathan P Bollback and Andrew J Leigh Brown

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:222

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The coexistence of macromolecular replicators and thus the stability of presumed prebiotic replicator communities have been shown to critically depend on spatially constrained catalytic cooperation among RNA-l...

    Authors: Balázs Könnyű and Tamás Czárán

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:204

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Sex in higher diploids carries a two-fold cost of males that should reduce its fitness relative to cloning, and result in its extinction. Instead, sex is widespread and clonal species face early obsolescence. ...

    Authors: David Green and Chris Mason

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:174

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Dispersal is a major factor in ecological and evolutionary dynamics. Although empirical evidence shows that the tendency to disperse varies among individuals in many organisms, the evolution of dispersal patte...

    Authors: Ariel Gueijman, Amir Ayali, Yoav Ram and Lilach Hadany

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:125

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  8. Content type: Methodology article

    The CRISPR/Cas system is known to act as an adaptive and heritable immune system in Eubacteria and Archaea. Immunity is encoded in an array of spacer sequences. Each spacer can provide specific immunity to inv...

    Authors: Anne Kupczok and Jonathan P Bollback

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:54

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  9. Content type: Research article

    There has been a considerable increase in studies investigating rates of diversification and character evolution, with one of the promising techniques being the BiSSE method (binary state speciation and extinc...

    Authors: Matthew P Davis, Peter E Midford and Wayne Maddison

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:38

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) are of key importance in ecological processes at scales from biofilms to biogeochemical cycles. Close interaction can lead to antagonistic coevolution of phage and ...

    Authors: Hywel TP Williams

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:17

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Gene duplications play an important role in the evolution of functional protein diversity. Some models of duplicate gene evolution predict complex forms of paralog divergence; orthologous proteins may diverge ...

    Authors: Cameron J Weadick and Belinda SW Chang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:206

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Changes in gene regulatory networks drive the evolution of phenotypic diversity both within and between species. Rewiring of transcriptional networks is achieved either by changes to transcription factor bindi...

    Authors: Alexander J Stewart, Robert M Seymour, Andrew Pomiankowski and Joshua B Plotkin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:173

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Sex-ratio distorting parasites are of interest due to their effects upon host population dynamics and their potential to influence the evolution of host sex determination systems. In theory, the ability to dis...

    Authors: Joseph E Ironside, Judith E Smith, Melanie J Hatcher and Alison M Dunn

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:370

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