The competition between simple and complex evolutionary trajectories in asexual populations

  title={The competition between simple and complex evolutionary trajectories in asexual populations},
  author={Ian E. Ochs and Michael M. Desai},
  journal={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
BackgroundOn rugged fitness landscapes where sign epistasis is common, adaptation can often involve either individually beneficial “uphill” mutations or more complex mutational trajectories involving fitness valleys or plateaus. The dynamics of the evolutionary process determine the probability that evolution will take any specific path among a variety of competing possible trajectories. Understanding this evolutionary choice is essential if we are to understand the outcomes and predictability… 
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