Prediction of evolution? Somatic plasticity as a basic, physiological condition for the viability of genetic mutations

Acta Biotheoretica 44 (2):165-168 (1996)

The argument is put forward that genetic mutations are viable then only, when the changed pattern of growth and/or metabolism is accommodated by the taxon-specific biochemistry of the organisms, i.e. by adaptive, somatic/physiological plasticity. The range of somatic plasticity under changing environmental conditions, therefore, has a certain predictive value for the kind of mutations that are likely to be viable.
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