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Figure 4

From: Phenotypic plasticity can facilitate adaptive evolution in gene regulatory circuits

Figure 4

Genetic distance to a genotype network is negatively correlated with a phenotype's penetrance. (a) The leftmost circle represents a genotype G, where an alternative phenotype s n e w has a given penetrance (red sector). We quantified the penetrance of s n e w in G as the fraction of single-gene perturbations of the initial condition s0 that produce s n e w . We determined genetic distance as the smallest number of mutations required to reach s n e w 's genotype network (rightmost circle). (b) The horizontal axis shows the penetrance of a phenotype s n e w . The vertical axis shows the distance to s n e w 's genotype network. A circle's area is proportional to the number of data points in each penetrance and mutational distance category. The panel is based on 104 circuit genotypes with N = 16 genes, c ≈ 0.35, and d = 0.25. Penetrance and genetic distance to the new genotype network are negatively associated (Spearman's ρ = -0.293; p < 2.2 × 10-16). The inset shows that the fraction of genotypes that are neighbors of the new genotype network increases with penetrance.

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