Second-Order Selection for Evolvability in a Large Escherichia coli Population

Second-Order Selection for Evolvability in a Large Escherichia coli Population

Robert J. Woods1, Jeffrey E. Barrick, Tim F. Cooper, Utpala Shrestha, Mark R. Kauth, and Richard E. Lenski

Science 18 March 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6023 pp. 1433-1436 doi: 10.1126/science.1198914


In theory, competition between asexual lineages can lead to second-order selection for greater evolutionary potential. To test this hypothesis, we revived a frozen population of Escherichia coli from a long-term evolution experiment and compared the fitness and ultimate fates of four genetically distinct clones. Surprisingly, two clones with beneficial mutations that would eventually take over the population had significantly lower competitive fitness than two clones with mutations that later went extinct. By replaying evolution many times from these clones, we showed that the eventual winners likely prevailed because they had greater potential for further adaptation. Genetic interactions that reduce the benefit of certain regulatory mutations in the eventual losers appear to explain, at least in part, why they were outcompeted.

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