Implications of long tails in the distribution of mutant effects

Waxman, David and Feng, J. (2005) Implications of long tails in the distribution of mutant effects. Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, 206. pp. 265-274. ISSN 0167-2789

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Long-tailed distributions possess an in nite variance, yet a nite sample that is drawn from such a distribution has a nite variance. In this work we consider a model of a population subject to mutation, selection and drift. We investigate the implications of a long-tailed distribution of mutant allelic e¤ects on the distribution of genotypic e¤ects in a model with a continuum of allelic e¤ects. While the analysis is confined to asexual populations, it does also have implications for sexual populations. We obtain analytical results for a selectively neutral population as well as one subject to selection. We supplement these analytical results with numerical simulations, to take into account genetic drift. We nd that a long-tailed distribution of mutant e¤ects may a¤ect both the equilibrium and the evolutionary adaptive behaviour of a population.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biology and Environmental Science
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology
Depositing User: SRO Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 10:45
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