COLLOQUIUM: Genetic Hitchhikers
In principle, evolution can take a nearly unlimited number of possible paths. Using laboratory experimental evolution, we can run the same evolutionary experiment in hundreds of parallel populations. We observe that each population finds a unique genotypic solution. Yet, in these data, phenotypic patterns emerge suggesting that there are a limited number of accessible pathways to substantially higher fitness. Therefore, despite the inherent randomness of genotypic evolution, phenotypic evolution is strongly constrained, and perhaps even predictable.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2013-2014 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.
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