A Relay Race on the Evolutionary Adaptation Spectrum

Avihu H. Yona, Idan Frumkin, Yitzhak Pilpel*

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Adaptation is the process in which organisms improve their fitness by changing their phenotype using genetic or non-genetic mechanisms. The adaptation toolbox consists of varied molecular and genetic means that we posit span an almost continuous "adaptation spectrum." Different adaptations are characterized by the time needed for organisms to attain them and by their duration. We suggest that organisms often adapt by progressing the adaptation spectrum, starting with rapidly attained physiological and epigenetic adaptations and culminating with slower long-lasting genetic ones. A tantalizing possibility is that earlier adaptations facilitate realization of later ones.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)549-559
Number of pages11
Issue number3
StatePublished - 22 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

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