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Far From Random, Evolution Follows a Predictable Genetic Pattern, Princeton Researchers Find

October 25, 2012

large milkweed bugs Princeton University research suggests that knowledge of a species' genes--and how certain external conditions affect the proteins encoded by those genes--could be used to determine a predictable evolutionary pattern driven by outside factors. Scientists could then pinpoint how the diversity of adaptations seen in the natural world developed even in distantly related animals. Full Story

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