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Using fitness landscapes to visualize evolution in action

BEACONites Bjørn Østman and Randy Olson created a video to visualize evolution in action using fitness landscapes. Read about it below! Fitness landscapes were invented by Sewall Wright in 1932. They map fitness, or reproductive success, of individual organisms as a function … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Holey Fitness Landscapes

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU postdoc Bjørn Østman, and is also posted on his research website. What do real fitness landscapes look like? Do they look more like the image on the left, a nearly-neutral holey … Continue reading

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Evolution 101: Fitness Landscapes

This week’s Evolution 101 blog post is by MSU postdoc Arend Hintze and MSU graduate student Randy Olson. While fitness landscapes are generally thought to be more of a theoretical construct, they are in fact quite tangible and underly every … Continue reading

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Evolution 101: Epistasis

This week’s Evolution 101 post is by MSU postdoc Bjørn Østman. Bjørn also blogs at Pleiotropy. What is epistasis? Epistasis is a measure of the strength of epistatic interactions. Epistatic interactions are non-additive interactions between alleles, loci, or mutations. That is, … Continue reading

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Evolution of Music Illustrates Epistatic Interactions

In today’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, BEACONite Chris Adami comments on a research article by MacCallum, Mauch, Burt & Leroy on “The evolution of music by public choice.” Much like the digital evolution techniques used … Continue reading

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