Phenotypic switching can speed up biological evolution of microbes

@article{Tadrowski2016PhenotypicSC,
  title={Phenotypic switching can speed up biological evolution of microbes},
  author={Andrew Charteris Tadrowski and Martin R. Evans and Bartlomiej Waclaw},
  journal={bioRxiv},
  year={2016}
}
  • Andrew Charteris Tadrowski, Martin R. Evans, Bartlomiej Waclaw
  • Published 2016
  • Biology, Physics
  • bioRxiv
  • Stochastic phenotype switching has been suggested to play a beneficial role in microbial populations by leading to the division of labour among cells, or ensuring that at least some of the population survives an unexpected change in environmental conditions. Here we use a computational model to investigate an alternative possible function of stochastic phenotype switching – as a way to adapt more quickly even in a static environment. We show that when a genetic mutation causes a population to… CONTINUE READING

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