AJ Life Sci. 2023, 6 (2)

Gene-Centered Evolutionary Standpoints: Extrication of the Role of Selfish Genes in Contemporary Genetics and Beyond

Muhammad Uzair, Qadeer Hashir, Khizra Ikhlaq, Muhammad Moazzam Ashraf, Muhammad Muazzam Naseer

1Department of Biotechnology, Virtual University of Pakistan.

2Department of Artificial Intelligence, Bharia University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

3Department of Biotechnology, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan.

44Department of Biochemistry, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.


Richard Dawkins first introduced the Selfish Gene Theory in 1976, which contends that genes, not individuals, constitute the fundamental building block of evolution. This theory has been influential in understanding eukaryotic genome evolution, but it has also been criticized for being misleading. The theory has been applied in various fields, including evolutionary games and the study of memes. Selfish genes are correlated with increased promiscuity in eukaryotes, and they have been viewed as a potent evolutionary force. However, it is important to note that "selfish genes" do not necessarily connote selfish and egocentric people. This theory has been further developed and refined over the years, leading to a better understanding of the role of genes in evolution. The purpose of this study is to adapt the paradigm shift brought about by the theory of the selfish gene to the field of algorithmic optimization and to create a new method for using evolutionary algorithms.

Keywords: Gene, Selfish gene theory, Neo-Darwinism, Altruism, gene memes, CRISPR




September 09, 2023.

Received Revised

November 1, 2023


November 07. 2023

Available Online

November 08, 2023.

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How to Cite

Abasyn Journal of Life Sciences , ISSN (online): 2663-1040, Published by Abasyn University