Environmental Noise, Genetic Diversity and the Evolution of Evolvability and Robustness in Model Gene Networks

  title={Environmental Noise, Genetic Diversity and the Evolution of Evolvability and Robustness in Model Gene Networks},
  author={Christopher F. Steiner},
  booktitle={PloS one},
The ability of organisms to adapt and persist in the face of environmental change is accepted as a fundamental feature of natural systems. More contentious is whether the capacity of organisms to adapt (or "evolvability") can itself evolve and the mechanisms underlying such responses. Using model gene networks, I provide evidence that evolvability emerges more readily when populations experience positively autocorrelated environmental noise (red noise) compared to populations in stable or… CONTINUE READING

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