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Experimental evolution of biological bet hedging
Bet hedging is a strategy for optimising long-term fitness in an unpredictable environment. Rather than producing offspring that are all well adapted to their current environment, a bet-hedger produces some offspring that are unfit, but might have high fitness in a possible future environment. There are many traits that appear to be forms of bet hedging, including sexual reproduction itself. But because all biological traits vary stochastically to some extent, bet-hedging is hard top prove. We use experimental evolution of chromosome mis-segregation as an experimental model for bet-hedging.
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