What Is The “Gene’s Eye View” Of Evolution?

Genes are the smallest things capable of evolution. Understanding how they evolve helps us solve tough mysteries in evolutionary biology.



The “Gene’s Eye View” of life is sometimes called the “selfish Gene Concept”. It is the recognition that genes are the smallest things capable of evolution by natural selection. In this video, we look at what this means. We give a definition of a gene common in the field of population genetics. By focusing on altruism in honey bees, we show how looking at genes allows us to solve complex mysteries in evolution.

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Our videos benefit from guidance and advice provided by experts in science and education. This animation is the result of collaboration between the following scientists, educators, and our team of creatives.

  • Jordan Collver
  • Jon Perry
  • Rosemary Mosco
  • Tyler Proctor