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Of lice and men (and chimps): Study tracks pace of molecular evolution
January 7, 2014
A new study compares the relative rate of molecular evolution between humans and chimps with that of their lice. Researchers wanted to know whether evolution marches on at a steady pace in all creatures or if subtle changes in genes--substitutions of individual letters of the genetic code--occur more rapidly in some groups than in others.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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