Figure 1.

Graphical illustration of a neutral model of genome evolution. A population of N = 4 organisms is shown, with genomes consisting of M = 3 genes. Colors denote different gene identities. We chose small values for N and M for illustrative purposes; realistic values are, e.g., N ~ 108 and M ~ 2000. (A) In a birth-death event an organism dies and is replaced by offspring of another organism. The offspring genome is identical to the parent genome. (B) In a gene transfer event a gene of one of the organisms is replaced by a gene from the environment. We assume that this new gene has not been present in the population before

Haegeman and Weitz BMC Genomics 2012 13:196   doi:10.1186/1471-2164-13-196
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