genetic drift


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ge·net·ic drift

a change in the frequencies of genetic traits or allele frequencies over generations.

genetic drift

n.
Variation in gene frequencies in a population due to chance rather than natural selection, mutation, or immigration.

genetic drift

see RANDOM GENETIC DRIFT.
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Without the selection, genetic variations among demes or subpopulation results form an equilibrium between gene flow and genetic drift. This equilibrium effect can easily be seen in figure after 120 generations.
This loss, in the wild, may be attributed to overfishing, poaching, population subdivision, genetic drift and natural selection, while the loss of genetic diversity in the cultured population may be a result of strict breeding programs which may have genetically isolated the stock from alien populations.
Young, Merriam & Warwick (1993), in their study about the effects of genetic drift on the remaining Acer saccharum populations, have compared eight individuals presenting reduced size to eight individuals from large untouched populations.
Negative estimates are given by LDNe when there is no evidence for any disequilibrium caused by genetic drift due to a finite number of parents (i.e., the genetic results can be explained by sampling alone without incorporating genetic drift).
The results showed significant genetic differentiation for the population from a Mekong tributary, the Chi River, in Thailand that was genetically significantly different from the other populations due to the effect of genetic drift. We also found that historical environmental change during the Pleistocene has had an effect on the demographic history of this species.
Such isolation can add another factor to seal the fate of this species through genetic fixation, bottleneck effect and genetic drifts occurring in smaller subpopulation, even if overharvesting is controlled through administrative measures and habitat is restored through wiser pollution management.
The multilocus F-statistics indicated that the six populations of giant kangaroo rat are experiencing significant amounts of genetic drift and inbreeding.
Lower capacity for genetic diversity can lead ultimately to extinction, although diversity can come from other sources such as natural mutation and genetic drift. Smaller populations can also be affected by random imbalances.
Australians and Amazonians may have randomly developed the same genetic patterns through a process known as genetic drift, she says.
This year's vaccine did not offer as much protection because of a genetic drift in circulating H3N2 viruses, which accounted for most reported cases of flu.
Smaller populations are more vulnerable to increase selfing, random genetic drift and mating among related organisms.
Genetic diversity loss in the population due to bottleneck and genetic drift since the founder generation is then expressed as 1-GD.