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12/2/2015

CRG: Evolution is shaped by the underlying dynamical mechanisms in our genome

CRG: Evolution is shaped by the underlying dynamical mechanisms in our genome


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In a new study published this week in PNAS, the Sharpe lab used computer modelling to study the mechanisms employed by small gene regulatory networks to achieve a specific desired phenotype. 

The key conclusion from this work is that the dynamical mechanism used to build an organism impacts on its evolution. In other words, to understand which new phenotypes can evolve from a given species we have to consider much more than just the existing phenotype – we must also consider the dynamical principles by which the gene networks create that phenotype in the first place.

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