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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

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

Andreas Wagner

Oxford University Press

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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