Populations of RNA replicators are a conceptually simple model to study evolutionary processes. Their prime applications comprise molecular evolution such as observed in viral populations, SELEX experiments, or the study of the origin and early evolution of life. Nevertheless, due to their simplicity compared to living organisms, they represent a paradigmatic model for Darwinian evolution as such. In this chapter, we review some properties of RNA populations in evolution, and focus on the structure of the underlying neutral networks, intimately related to the sequence-structure map for RNA molecules.
|Title of host publication||Nonlinear Dynamics in Biological Systems|
|Editors||Jorge Carballido-Landeira, Bruno Escribano|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Jul 2016|
|Name||Nonlinear Dynamics in Biological Systems|