Emerging Frontiers in the Study of Molecular Evolution

David A. Liberles, Belinda Chang, Kerry Geiler-Samerotte, Aaron Goldman, Jody Hey, Betül Kaçar, Michelle Meyer, William Murphy, David Posada, Andrew Storfer

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A collection of the editors of Journal of Molecular Evolution have gotten together to pose a set of key challenges and future directions for the field of molecular evolution. Topics include challenges and new directions in prebiotic chemistry and the RNA world, reconstruction of early cellular genomes and proteins, macromolecular and functional evolution, evolutionary cell biology, genome evolution, molecular evolutionary ecology, viral phylodynamics, theoretical population genomics, somatic cell molecular evolution, and directed evolution. While our effort is not meant to be exhaustive, it reflects research questions and problems in the field of molecular evolution that are exciting to our editors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-226
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Molecular Evolution
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • Comparative genomics
  • Directed evolution
  • Evolutionary cell biology
  • Molecular evolutionary ecology
  • Prebiotic evolution
  • Somatic evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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