Friday, April 27, 2012


The Geometry of Phenotype Space

"Biological systems that need to perform multiple tasks face a fundamental trade-off: A given phenotype cannot be optimal at all tasks. ere, we ask how trade-offs affect the range of phenotypes found in nature. Using the Pareto front concept from economics and engineering, we find that best-trade-off phenotypes are weighted averages of archetypes—phenotypes specialized for single tasks." Evolutionary Trade-Offs, Pareto Optimality, and the Geometry of Phenotype Space

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