Molecular evolution articles from across Nature Portfolio

Molecular evolution is the area of evolutionary biology that studies evolutionary change at the level of the DNA sequence. It includes the study of rates of sequence change, relative importance of adaptive and neutral changes, and changes in genome structure.

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  • Research Highlights |

    A comparative genomics study published in Nature Communications provides new insight into the genomic changes underlying the convergent evolution of sociality in spiders.

    • Dorothy Clyde
  • News & Views |

    Plasmids are well known for transferring antibiotic resistance genes between bacteria. A study in the clinic shows that evolutionary dynamics within the gut microbiomes of hospitalized patients lead to rapid adaptive changes, balancing the level of resistance that plasmids provide against the fitness costs that they impose on bacteria.

    • Rosanna C. T. Wright
    •  & Michael A. Brockhurst
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Global sequencing and surveillance capacity for SARS-CoV-2 must be strengthened and combined with multidisciplinary studies of infectivity, virulence and immune escape, in order to track the unpredictable evolution of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Lorenzo Subissi
    • , Anne von Gottberg
    •  & Anurag Agrawal
    Nature Medicine 28, 1110-1115
  • News & Views |

    The probability of the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine-resistant variants depends on the number of daily infections permitted by society, and the rate and penetrance of vaccination. Rapidly vaccinating all eligible people while maintaining strict physical distancing measures can prevent the evolution of vaccine resistance.