random genetic drift

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Fig. 265 Random genetic drift . The frequency of one allele of a gene over many generations. The continuous line represents population A, the broken line population B.

random genetic drift (RGD) or Sewall Wright effect

changes in ALLELE frequency in a population from one generation to another due to chance fluctuations. RGD is important in small populations which are subject to sampling error and where an allele can be lost (0% frequency) or fixed (100%).

The phenomenon was first described by the American geneticist Sewall Wright.

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Therefore, the effect of random genetic drift is stronger with lower [f.sub.ge]/[f.sub.e] ratio.
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Therefore, the fixation index for each population, which corresponds to the loss of within-population heterozygosity (Table 5), most likely reflects the expected inbreeding due to random genetic drift rather than selection and fixation of genes linked to the marker loci used in this study.
The degree of genetic subdivision also controls the balance between evolutionary change by natural selection or the combination of random genetic drift and the fixation of neutral variants due to sampling in finite populations (Lande 1976; Kimura 1986; Turner 1992).
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