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This series aims to update the current knowledge on the molecular mechanisms and evolutionary processes shaping the structure and function of genes and genomes in eukaryotes, prokaryotes and viruses. In the last decade, the exponentially growing number of genome sequencing projects has opened a new era of comparative genomics. Therefore, several volumes will be dedicated to the comparison of the macrostructure and evolution of genomes in several lineages of living organisms, for example vertebrates, plants and bacteria. The major mechanisms involved in the creation and diversification of gene function will be extensively reviewed, as well as the evolutionary and disease-related functional consequences of genome dynamics on organisms. With its concise but informative reviews 'Genome Dynamics' provides useful reading not only for researchers but also for students and teachers interested in understanding the dynamics of genetic information and its influence on the evolution of life.