A 4-base model for the Aevol in-silico experimental evolution platform
In this paper, we describe a new digital genetics model based on the Aevol artificial life simulator. Aevol is a computational platform designed to study populations of digital organisms evolving under various conditions. It has been extended in two directions. First, we have extended the genomic code from a binary one to a 4-base one, allowing for more realistic genomic sequence and easing the usage of Aevol as a benchmarking tool for comparative genomics. Second, we have replaced the Aevol continuous phenotype representation by a discrete one inspired by Fisher’s Geometric Model. By doing so, we will be able to validate Aevol results against population genetics theory.