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Environmental stress, cryptic variation and innovation in the simplest molecular systems

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Host: Frank Jiggins

Phenomena such as cryptic variation and the role of environmental stress in evolutionary adaptation have first been discovered in complex multicellular organisms and their complex morphological traits. To study them in such systems is made difficult by the fact that complex traits are affected by many genes whose interactions are poorly understood. I will discuss laboratory evolution experiments that highlight the advantages of much simpler systems, such as evolving RNA and protein molecules in studying these phenomena. These systems can help understand the significance of cryptic variation, robustness, and noise for evolutionary adaptations and innovations on all scales of biological organization.

This talk is part of the Genetics Seminar series.

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