Re: [GRG] NewAbs: How Can Species Evolve in the Absence of Competition?

On Mon, 29 Apr 2013, L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D. wrote:

> To Members and Friends of the Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group:
> How can species evolve in the absence of competition? — Steve Coles
> >”Computer Scientists Suggest New Spin on the Origins of Evolvability”
> >
> >Monday, April 29, 2013; (R&D) — Scientists have long observed that
> >species seem to have become increasingly capable of evolving in
> >response to changes in the environment. But computer science
> >researchers now say that the popular explanation of competition to
> >survive in nature may not actually be necessary for evolvability to
> >increase. In a paper published in PLoS ONE, the researchers report
> >that evolvability can increase over generations regardless of
> >whether species are competing for food, habitat, or other factors.
> >
> > Using a simulated model they designed to mimic how
> > organisms evolve, the researchers saw increasing evolvability even
> > without competitive pressure. “The explanation is that evolvable
> > organisms separate themselves naturally from less evolvable
> > organisms over time simply by becoming increasingly diverse,” says
> > Kenneth O. Stanley, an
> > associate
> > Professor at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the
> > University of Central Florida. He co-wrote the paper about the
> > study along with lead author Joel Lehman, a post-doctoral
> > researcher at the
> > University
> > of Texas at Austin.
> >
> > The finding could have implications for the origins of
> > evolvability in many species. “When new species appear in the
> > future, they are most likely descendants of those that were
> > evolvable in the past,” Lehman says. “The result is that evolvable
> > species accumulate over time even without selective pressure.”

So this is an issue of meta-evolution…evolvability being a survival
factor.Are there other environments in which mutation-resistance would
be the survival factor instead?

> > During the simulations, the team’s simulated organisms
> > became more evolvable without any pressure from other organisms
> > out-competing them. The simulations were based on a conceptual
> > algorithm. “The algorithms used for the simulations are abstractly
> > based on how organisms are evolved, but not on any particular
> > real-life organism,” explains Lehman.
> >
> > The team’s hypothesis is unique and is in contrast to most
> > popular theories for why evolvability increases. “An important
> > implication of this result is that traditional selective and
> > adaptive explanations for phenomena such as increasing evolvability
> > deserve more scrutiny and may turn out unnecessary in some cases,”
> > Stanley says.
> >
> >Source:
> >University
> >of Central Florida
> >
> >
> >Topics:
> >
> > * R & D Daily
> > * Engineering
> > *
> > Computer
> > Technology
> > * Modeling
> > *
> > Simulation
> > Tools
> > * Biology
> L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder
> Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group
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