Making Sense of Evolution in an Uncertain World

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Science  23 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5743, pp. 2005-2007
DOI: 10.1126/science.1118711

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Constant environments are the exception, not the norm, in ecology. In their Perspective, Jansen and Stumpf discuss how the work of Kussell and Leibler marks a major advance in our ability to analyze evolutionary dynamics in fluctuating environments. Generating phenotypic diversity may be all that is required for a species to adapt to a changing environment.