Role of Pleiotropy in the Evolution of a Cryptic Developmental Variation in Caenorhabditis elegans

@inproceedings{Duveau2012RoleOP,
  title={Role of Pleiotropy in the Evolution of a Cryptic Developmental Variation in Caenorhabditis elegans},
  author={Fabien Duveau and Marie-Anne F{\'e}lix},
  booktitle={PLoS biology},
  year={2012}
}
Robust biological systems are expected to accumulate cryptic genetic variation that does not affect the system output in standard conditions yet may play an evolutionary role once phenotypically expressed under a strong perturbation. Genetic variation that is cryptic relative to a robust trait may accumulate neutrally as it does not change the phenotype, yet it could also evolve under selection if it affects traits related to fitness in addition to its cryptic effect. Cryptic variation… CONTINUE READING
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