Losing genes can be a win in evolutionary terms

Gene loss drives adaptation
Visualisation of a population evolving in a dynamic fitness landscape. Credit: Randy Olson and Bjørn Østman

Loss of gene function is a common occurrence in evolution that is usually associated with loss of fitness. However, it seems that as many say: “where there’s a problem, there is an opportunity“, for as researchers from Leuven University led by Rob Jelier have recently reported, gene loss was found to drive adaptation.

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