Category theory for genetics I:mutations and sequence alignments

Remy Tuyeras

The present article is the first of a series whose goal is to define a logical formalism in which it is possible to reason about genetics. In this paper, we introduce the main concepts of our language whose domain of discourse consists of a class of limit-sketches and their associated models. While our program will aim to show that different phenomena of genetics can be modeled by changing the category in which the models take their values, in this paper, we study models in the category of sets to capture mutation mechanisms such as insertions, deletions, substitutions, duplications and inversions. We show how the proposed formalism can be used for constructing multiple sequence alignments with an emphasis on mutation mechanisms.

Keywords: Multiple sequence alignment, mutation mechanism, right Kan extension, category, limit sketch, pedigrad

2010 MSC: 18C99, 92B99

Theory and Applications of Categories, Vol. 33, 2018, No. 40, pp 1269-1317.

Published 2018-12-13.

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