Evolution Underway in Prokaryotes

  • Sébastien Wielgoss
  • Pierre Leblond
  • Catherine Masson-Boivin
  • Philippe NormandEmail author


Evolution is a phenomenon that escapes immediate attention because changes occur at a very slow pace and are often considered at odds with a religious vision of the world. Using bacteria that replicate so much faster than eukaryotes has permitted to quantify and discern tendencies. Such laboratory evolution implies growth rate, ability to use this or that substrate, but also synthesis and resistance to antibiotics and the ability to interact with eukaryotic hosts.


Antibiotic Artificial selection Cellular network Deletion Directed evolution DNA repair Endosymbiosis Epistasis Evolutionary constraint Fitness Fixation Fixism Historical contingency Hitchhiking Hypermutagenesis Infection Inhibitor Mobile genetic element Mutagenesis Mutation Mutator Natural selection Nitrogen fixation Nodulation Phenotype Punctuated equilibrium Regulator Resistance Saprophyte Secondary metabolite Selection Soil Stress Virulence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sébastien Wielgoss
    • 1
  • Pierre Leblond
    • 2
  • Catherine Masson-Boivin
    • 3
  • Philippe Normand
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Université de Lorraine UMR INRA 1128 Dynamique des Génomes et Adaptation Microbienne (DynAMic) Faculté des Sciences et TechnologiesVandoeuvre Les Nancy CedexFrance
  3. 3.LIPM, Université de Toulouse, INRA, CNRSCastanet-TolosanFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire d’Ecologie Microbienne, UMR 5557Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1VilleurbanneFrance

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