Fitness of evolving bacterial populations is contingent on deep and shallow history but only shallow history creates predictable patterns

Timothy Cooper, Francisco Moore, Chelsea Smith & Adam Smith
Long term evolution experiments have tested the importance of genetic and environmental factors in influencing evolutionary outcomes. Differences in phylogenetic history, recent adaptation to distinct environments, and chance events all influence the fitness of a population. However, the interplay of these factors on a population's evolutionary potential remains relatively unexplored. We tracked the outcome of 2,000 generations of evolution of four natural isolates of Escherichia coli bacteria that were engineered to also create differences in...
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