A free journal issue on experimental evolution

Biology Letters is offering free access to its latest issue on “experimental evolution,” an issue edited by Thomas Batailon, Paul Joyce, and my friend Paul Sniegowski. You can see the table of contents at the link above, and here are the free articles:

Feature Articles

Introduction – As it happens: current directions in experimental evolution
by Thomas Bataillon, Paul Joyce and Paul Sniegowski

Temperature, stress and spontaneous mutation in Caenorhabditis briggsae and Caenorhabditis elegans
by Chikako Matsuba, Dejerianne G. Ostrow, Matthew P. Salomon, Amit Tolani and Charles F. Baer

Mutational effects depend on ploidy level: all else is not equal
by Aleeza Gerstein

Genetic background affects epistatic interactions between two beneficial mutations
by Yinhua Wang, Carolina Díaz Arenas, Daniel M. Stoebel and Tim F. Cooper

Epistasis between mutations is host-dependent for an RNA virus
by Jasna Lalic and Santiago F. Elena

The role of ‘soaking’ in spiteful toxin production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
by R. Fredrik Inglis, Alex R. Hall and Angus Buckling

Experimental evolution of multicellularity using microbial pseudo-organisms
by David C. Queller and Joan E. Strassmann

Model and test in a fungus of the probability that beneficial mutations survive drift
by Danna R. Gifford, J. Arjan G. M. de Visser and Lindi M. Wahl

Evolution of clonal populations approaching a fitness peak
by Isabel Gordo and Paulo R. A. Campos

Evolutionary rescue of a green alga kept in the dark
by Graham Bell

Competition and the origins of novelty: experimental evolution of niche-width expansion in a virus
by Lisa M. Bono, Catharine L. Gensel, David W. Pfennig and Christina L. Burch

Related Content

Discussion Meeting issue ‘Genetics and the causes of evolution: 150 years of progress since Darwin’ organized and edited by Michael Bonsall and Brian Charlesworth

‘Genomics of Adaptation’ Guest Edited by Professor Jacek Radwan and Dr Wiesław Babik

Evolution articles
Special Feature articles


  1. TJR
    Posted October 31, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Experimental evolution and pseudo-organisms eh?

    Frankenstein is here and he is us!

    Most apt for this to appear at Halloween.

  2. Frank
    Posted October 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I understand the utility of using organisms with extremely short generation times, but I was surprised at how little of this lineup is devoted to multicellular organisms (other than C. elegans) with well-defined genomes. The absence of Drosophila studies stands out. At least a few animal systems amenable to experimental evolution are described in Garland and Rose’s 2009 book, Experimental Evolution.

  3. gravelinspector
    Posted October 31, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Following a different link, Yester-lunchtime I found myself at Proc.Roy.Soc.Lond.B for an article on Chinese fossils of Triassic flying fish. But that may have been a characteristic of the client’s network ; there are geologists up high in management, who may (conceivably) have paid for wide, transparent access.
    Regardless … wide-spread pectoral fin-rays ; strong flying analogue, at least.

  4. gravelinspector
    Posted October 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    The “Experimental evolution of multicellularity using microbial pseudo-organisms” sounds double-plus-interesting. Downloading (with the rest.

  5. phar84
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Henri le chat has 14 more comments than this and the ‘Genomics of adaptation’ post combined.

    Not certain if JC would be disappointed or not 🙂

  6. Posted November 1, 2012 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Personally, I advocate free access at no charge to authors (i.e. vanity publishing), the minimal funding needed should be coming from professional societies, say.

    What’s the point of offering free access to one issue, or for a limited time, or whatever? It’s just a gimmick to get on the free-access bandwagon without contributing anything substantial to the problem of overpriced journals.

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