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The Mechanisms of Evolution Research Center at the Biodesign Institute focuses on mechanisms of evolution at the gene, genomic, cellular, and phenotypic levels, with special attention being given to the roles of mutation, random genetic drift, and recombination.
The center's research goal is to decipher the general rules by which evolution proceeds in different phylogenetic lineages, using an approach grounded in empirical observation and a mathematical framework, to empower all areas of the life sciences and inform our ability to solve key practical issues.
Evolution is a population-level process, and the underlying philosophy of the center's research is that "nothing in evolution makes sense except in the light of population genetics."