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Inevitability of the emergence and persistence of genetic parasites caused by evolutionary instability of parasite-free states

Overview of attention for article published in Biology Direct, December 2017
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (86th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (81st percentile)

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Title
Inevitability of the emergence and persistence of genetic parasites caused by evolutionary instability of parasite-free states
Published in
Biology Direct, December 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13062-017-0202-5
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Authors

Eugene V. Koonin, Yuri I. Wolf, Mikhail I. Katsnelson

Abstract

Genetic parasites, including viruses and mobile genetic elements, are ubiquitous among cellular life forms, and moreover, are the most abundant biological entities on earth that harbor the bulk of the genetic diversity. Here we examine simple thought experiments to demonstrate that both the emergence of parasites in simple replicator systems and their persistence in evolving life forms are inevitable because the putative parasite-free states are evolutionarily unstable. This article has been reviewed by Yitzhak Pilpel, Bojan Zagrovic, and Eric van Nimwegen.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 60 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 20%
Researcher 9 15%
Student > Bachelor 7 12%
Student > Master 6 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 7%
Other 8 13%
Unknown 14 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 19 32%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 27%
Chemistry 2 3%
Engineering 2 3%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 3%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 14 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 March 2021.
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#1,880,833
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Outputs from Biology Direct
#91
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#8
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