Implications for Climate Change

December 12, 2013 1:13 PM

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It turns out that the environment has more influence on genetics than we thought--especially when it comes to species in the wild. Scientists have discovered that even with migration, cross-breeding and sometimes the obliteration of populations, the driving force in the gene pool is largely the environment. The findings could have major implications for the results of climate change in the future.

In order to examine how the environment might impact evolution and genes, the researchers examined fruit flies that live on opposite slopes of a unique natural environment known as "Evolution Canyon." Located at Mount Carmel, Israel, the two slopes of the canyon are little more than two football fie...

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