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The Origins of Evolutionary InnovationsA Theory of Transformative Change in Living Systems$
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Andreas Wagner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692590.001.0001

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Metabolic innovation

Metabolic innovation

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(p.18) Chapter 2 Metabolic innovation
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The Origins of Evolutionary Innovations
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Andreas Wagner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692590.003.0029

This chapter examines innovation in metabolic phenotypes. It focuses on the most fundamental phenotypes, those that allow an organism to survive in a given chemical environment. It discusses how vast genotype networks, sets of metabolic genotypes with the same phenotype, facilitate the evolution of novel metabolic phenotypes.

Keywords:   metabolic genotypes, metabolic phenotypes, genotype networks, chemical environment

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