Home

About

Advanced Search

Browse by Discipline

Scientific Societies

E-print Alerts

Add E-prints

E-print Network
FAQHELPSITE MAPCONTACT US


  Advanced Search  

 
ORIGINAL ARTICLE doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00071.x
 

Summary: ORIGINAL ARTICLE
doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00071.x
THE MUTATION MATRIX AND THE
EVOLUTION OF EVOLVABILITY
Adam G. Jones,1,2
Stevan J. Arnold,3
and Reinhard B ¨urger4
1Department of Biology, 3258 TAMU, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843
2E-mail: agjones@tamu.edu
3Department of Zoology, 3029 Cordley Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 97331
4Institut f ¨ur Mathematik, Universit¨at Wien, Nordbergstrasse 15, 1090 Wien, Austria
Received June 12, 2006
Accepted December 7, 2006
Evolvability is a key characteristic of any evolving system, and the concept of evolvability serves as a unifying theme in a wide
range of disciplines related to evolutionary theory. The field of quantitative genetics provides a framework for the exploration
of evolvability with the promise to produce insights of global importance. With respect to the quantitative genetics of biological
systems, the parameters most relevant to evolvability are the G-matrix, which describes the standing additive genetic variances
and covariances for a suite of traits, and the M-matrix, which describes the effects of new mutations on genetic variances and
covariances. A population's immediate response to selection is governed by the G-matrix. However, evolvability is also concerned
with the ability of mutational processes to produce adaptive variants, and consequently the M-matrix is a crucial quantitative ge-

  

Source: Arnold, Stevan J. - Department of Zoology, Oregon State University
Buerger, Reinhard - Fakultät für Mathematik, Universität Wien
Jones, Adam - Department of Biology, Texas A&M University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Mathematics