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Digital genetics: unravelling the genetic basis of evolution

Adami, Christoph (2006) Digital genetics: unravelling the genetic basis of evolution. Nature Reviews. Genetics, 7 (2). pp. 109-118. ISSN 1471-0056. doi:10.1038/nrg1771.

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Digital genetics, or the genetics of digital organisms, is a new field of research that has become possible as a result of the remarkable power of evolution experiments that use computers. Self-replicating strands of computer code that inhabit specially prepared computers can mutate, evolve and adapt to their environment. Digital organisms make it easy to conduct repeatable, controlled experiments, which have a perfect genetic 'fossil record'. This allows researchers to address fundamental questions about the genetic basis of the evolution of complexity, genome organization, robustness and evolvability, and to test the consequences of mutations, including their interaction and recombination, on the fate of populations and lineages.

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Additional Information:© 2006 Nature Publishing Group. I would like to thank R.E. Lenski, D. Misevic, C. Ofria, and C.O. Wilke for extensive discussions. I am further indebted to D. Misevic for kindly providing me with figure 1b, and D. Weise for the illustration in box 3.
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