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Life-history Traits May Affect DNA Mutation Rates in Males More Than in Females

June 13, 2011

image of  a wild dog Large-scale DNA sequencing data have been used to investigate a long-standing evolutionary assumption--that DNA mutation rates are influenced by such life-history traits as the time between an individual's birth and the birth of their offspring. One of the implications of this research is that life-history traits of extinct species now could be discoverable. Full Story

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