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Abstract: The DNA sequencing revolution has revealed enormous microbial diversity. Less well known is that, for many species, this extends down to much finer scales with strains, sub-strains, and sub-sub-strains coexisting, directly competing, and continually evolving. Why doesn’t “survival of the fittest” drive most of these extinct? The possibility that such diversity is a general consequence of the complexity of biology will be explored via simple models and statistical physics approaches to the interplay between ecology and evolution.
Daniel FisherProfessor Applied Physics, Stanford University