Neutral evolution of duplicated DNA: an evolutionary stick-breaking process causes scale-invariant behavior.

@article{Massip2013NeutralEO,
  title={Neutral evolution of duplicated DNA: an evolutionary stick-breaking process causes scale-invariant behavior.},
  author={Florian Massip and Peter F. Arndt},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2013},
  volume={110 14},
  pages={148101}
}
Recently, an enrichment of identical matching sequences has been found in many eukaryotic genomes. Their length distribution exhibits a power law tail raising the question of what evolutionary mechanism or functional constraints would be able to shape this distribution. Here we introduce a simple and evolutionarily neutral model, which involves only point mutations and segmental duplications, and produces the same statistical features as observed for genomic data. Further, we extend a… CONTINUE READING
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