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Biological Research

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FRIAS L, Daniel. Omissions in the synthetic theory of evolution. Biol. Res. [online]. 2010, vol.43, n.3, pp.299-306. ISSN 0716-9760.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-97602010000300006.

The Synthetic Theory of Evolution is the most unifying theory of life science. This theory has dominated scientific thought in explaining the mechanisms involved in speciation. However, there are some omissions that have delayed the understanding of some aspects of the mechanisms of organic evolution, principally: 1) the bridge between somatic and germinal cells, especially in some phylum of invertebrates and vertebrates; 2) horizontal genetic transferences and the importance of viruses in host adaptation and evolution; 3) the role of non-coding DNA and non-transcriptional genes; 4) homeotic evolution and the limitations of gradual evolution; and 5) excessive emphasis on extrinsic barriers to animal speciation. This paper reviews each of these topics in an effort to contribute to a better comprehension of organic evolution. Molecular findings suggest the need for a new evolutionary synthesis.

Keywords : Evolution; non-transcriptional genes; viruses; homeosis, epigénesis; imprinting; neo-Lamarckism; sympatric speciation.

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