Experimental evolution articles from across Nature Portfolio

Experimental evolution is the use of laboratory or controlled field manipulations to investigate evolutionary processes. It usually makes use of organisms with rapid generation times and small physical size, often microbes, to observe phenomena that in large multicellular organisms occur too slowly.

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    Rapid experimental evolution and targeted genetic engineering of Escherichia coli in a stinkbug host reveals that a single mutation can produce a host-beneficial symbiosis.

    • Martin Kaltenpoth
    Nature Microbiology 7, 1104-1105
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    Analysis of the dynamics of transposons that encode resistance to different antibiotics shows that the movement of genes under positive selection from the chromosome to mobile genetic elements such as plasmids can be beneficial in bacteria. Once integrated into plasmids, these genes can spread by horizontal gene transfer.

    • Alvaro San Millan