|MadSci Network: Evolution|
I looked through the web site and I'm not sure if this was specifically covered. It may sound a bit simple minded, but I'm just trying to understand the concept. I hope I can make myself clear.... Can the probability of, not just a mutation, but a beneficial mutation, be determined, and from that its frequency of occurrence? And then if you could compare the genome of the earliest cells in evolutionary history with our genome today to determine the total number of specific changes that had to occur in the allotted time between the two, you could then determine a frequency of mutation based on that. Would the rate determined this way be anywhere close to the rate of mutation determined the first way? Or taking any two connected points along the evolutionary tree and looking at the total differences in the genome could they all be accounted for just by the frequency of random mutation? It seems like the rate based of random mutation occurring would be so exceedingly low, how could it account for so much diversity?
Re: Does random mutation alone account for the complete diversity of life?
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