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Can Organisms Speed Their Own Evolution?

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Science  08 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5523, pp. 1824-1827
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5523.1824

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Intriguing hints from cell and molecular biologists suggest that in times of stress, organisms may be able to crank up their mutation rates, helping accelerate their own evolution. But evolutionary biologists caution that the evolutionary origins and effects of the newly discovered processes remain uncertain.