Investigating ontogenetic space with developmental cell lineages

Geard, N L and Wiles, J (2006) Investigating ontogenetic space with developmental cell lineages. In, Rocha, L M, Yaeger, L S, Bedau, M A, Floreano, D, Goldstone, R L and Vespignani, A (eds.) Artificial Life X: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. The Tenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (Artificial Life X) , MIT Press, 55-62.


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Development plays a significant role in biological evolution, and is likely to prove an effective route to overcoming the limitations of direct genotype-phenotype mappings in artificial evolution. Nonetheless, the relationship between development and evolution is complex and still poorly understood. One question of current interest concerns the possible role that developmental processes may play in orienting evolution. A first step towards exploring this issue from a theoretical perspective is understanding the structure of ontogenetic space: the space of possible genotype-phenotype mappings. Using a quantitative model of development that enables ontogenetic space to be characterised in terms of complexity, we show that ontogenetic landscapes have a characteristic structure that varies with genotypic properties.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Event Dates: 3-7 June, 2006
ISBNs: 9780262681629
Keywords: cell lineages, evolution, development, complexity, simulation, c. elegans
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science
ePrint ID: 264084
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Date Deposited: 25 May 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:08
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