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Mutate Now, Die Later

Andreea Munteanu, Peter F. Stadler

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J Theor Biol. 260:412-421 (2009)

Abstract


We analyze here the evolutionary consequences of selection with delay in a population genetics context. In the classical works on evolutionary dynamics, an individual produces off-springs in direct proportion to its fitness, a process in which mutations may occur. In the present scenario of delayed selection, individuals that acquire deleterious mutations can still reproduce unharmed for several generations. During this time delay, the damage passed on to off-springs can potentially be repaired by subsequent compensatory mutations. In the absence of such a repair, the individual becomes sterile. Here we study the population-genetic effects of such a time delay by means of both numerical simulations and theoretical modeling. The results show that delayed selection lowers the error threshold, endangering the survival of the population. Surprisingly, however, no traces of this delay effect are encountered in the sequence diversity of the population. These conclusions suggest that delayed selection is hard to detect in genetic data and thus could be a wide-spread but rarely detected phenomenon.

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Evolution, neutral networks, fitness, extinction, telomere \