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pop·u·la·tion ge·net·ics

the study of genetic influences on the components of cause and effect in the somatic characteristics of populations.

population genetics

n. (used with a sing. verb)
The branch of science that deals with the statistical analysis of the inheritance and prevalence of genes in populations and genetic divergence between populations.

pop·u·la·tion ge·net·ics

(pop'yū-lā'shŭn jĕ-net'iks)
The study of genetic influences on the components of cause and effect in the somatic characteristics of populations.

population genetics

the study of heredity at the population level, for example, gene frequencies, mating systems.
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Populations sampled so far (all three recent studies focused mainly on Europeans and African-Americans) have had different patterns of diversity, shaking up population geneticists' assumptions that one measure of diversity should fit all human groups.
In this paper I investigate the recent re-emergence of genetic race in more detail, and endeavour to ascertain how, after a half-century hiatus, a young team of population geneticists could casually rediscover race in 2002.
Synonymous nucleotide changes (neutral mutations) are commonly used to estimate many values of interest to evolutionary biologists and population geneticists.
This field may be less familiar to the authors than sociobiology, and there are some lapses in historical accuracy (e.g., population geneticists will be surprised to read that "phenotypic plasticity in life history strategies ...
Perhaps, therefore, population geneticists are the lucky ones in the evolutionary biology fold: at least, in Mendel, they know something that Darwin did not.
The researchers hope that this paper will serve as a template for other population geneticists to conduct similar projects on human evolutionary history in the future.
According to a report in the New York Times, the estimate was made by a team of population geneticists at the University of Utah led by Chad D.
It was a tide of rigorous mathematical thinking that brought the population geneticists to supremacy over the old school of descriptive naturalists a generation ago, and it may be that the next wave will elevate the computer modelers, with their messages from the school of chaos theory.
Other population geneticists have reached a similar conclusion by examining the genes in the parasite's mitochondria.
Mayr's embrace of genetic coadaptation and organismal integration, with peripatric speciation by genetic revolution its dearest offspring, is fundamental to his stormy relations with population geneticists. It would be a mistake to think he entirely disparages mathematical theory: he drew on theoreticians' work in both the 1942 and especially the 1963 books, and has continued to do so since (e.g., 1988, pp.
Cholera does not seem to have reached Europe until the 1800s, too late to explain the high frequency of the mutant cftr gene, say population geneticists.
For decades, the red wolf has been nearly indistinguishable genetically from either the gray wolf or the coyote, report two population geneticists who have compared DNA "fingerprints" from captive red wolves with those from frozen blood samples and museum skins.

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