Today I Learned

Some of the things I've learned every day since Oct 10, 2016

Category Archives: biology

35: Lévy Flight

Lévy Flight is a random walk in which the probability distribution of the step length is heavy-tailed. One interesting application of Lévy flights is in describing the swimming patterns of predatory fish: when certain predatory fish are searching for food, they often abandon Brownian-like motion and lean more towards a mix of long trajectories and short, random movements.

32: Pleiotropy

Pleiotropy is the causation of 2 or more seemingly unrelated phenotypic effects by a single gene.