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What are Codominant vs Dominant Genetic Markers?

When talking about types of genetic markers, the adjective "dominant" and "codominant" are often used. I don't fully understand their definitions and found contradicting definitions. Foll and ...
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Statistical genetics: Allele frequencies that follow a Dirichlet distribution

From Foll and Gagiotti (2008) (software BayeScan). They consider a model where several subpopulation are derived from a unique ancestral population. We consider a set of $I$ loci and let $K_i$ be ...
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autosomal recessive population numbers

This question is background research for a science fiction / fantasy novel, my knowledge of genetic is very basic. It seems obvious to me that for genetic disorders that are autosomal recessive, if ...
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What model of epistasis best fit the reality?

In theoretical population genetics, it is very common to have to assume a model of epistatic interaction. The two most common models are the additive model and the multiplicative model. Additive ...
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Ewens-Watterson Test of Neutrality

The Ewens-Watterson test is one of the first test of neutrality (of no selection). Later came tests such as Tajima's D or Fu, Li's G and many other. Question Can you please make a description of how ...
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How would cloning affect conservation of rare species?

Many species are at risk of extinction, and cloning could be seen as a relatively quick method to produce large numbers of members of the species to aid in conservation efforts, especially if the ...
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Relationship between genetic diversity within and between species

Here is a quote from Wagner (2008) A second line of evidence [against neutralism] comes from the relationship between the mean number of polymorphic differences between alleles within a species, ...
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How does the introduction of clones would affect population genetics? [closed]

Since the ability to clone animals gives another way to preserve species, this could help for the breeding process. It has been noted that with the ability to clone animals, endangered species can ...
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Effective population size of a continuously spread population

Is there any model to calculate (theoretical predictions) the effective population size of a continuously spread population? Imagine for example a population spread over an infinite 2D landscape. ...
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Effective population size of a metapopulation structured on a grid

Scenario Consider a rectangular metapopulation consisting of $x \cdot y$ demes, where $x$ is the number of deme horizontally and $y$ is the number of demes vertically. The population size per deme is ...
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How big advantage had a trait have to bring to evolve in the human evolution? [closed]

Yes, I've heard that we have evolved from the common ancestor with primates as intesively, as the chimpanzees. Sometimes I read about some enormously complex traits, evolutionary psychologists think ...
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Identity By Descent vs Identity By State

Background The concepts of Identity By Descent (IBD) vs Identity By State (IBS) are central in population genetics, yet I fail to fully wrap my head around the definitions. You can find examples ...
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Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium generalized to add inbreeding (non-random mating)

Background Quoting from Gillespie's book The level of inbreeding is measured by the inbreeding coefficient, $F_I$, which is the probability that two alleles in an individual are identity by ...
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Population size and genetic drift - What are the evidences?

Wright-Fisher model From the Wright-Fisher model of genetic drift, the random sampling of allele from one generation to the next is taken from a binomial distribution with parameters $2N$ and $p$, ...
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Is there a difference between macroevolution and group selection?

I encountered two different attitudes towards macroevolution: The first one included long-term microevolution such as the evolution of Cetacea. The second one included only macroevolution in terms ...
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What's the difference between evolution fitness and reproductive success?

What's the difference biological fitness and reproductive success in the biological terminology?
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Why is the probability of fixation of an allele equal to its frequency?

Introduction In a panmictic population, the probability of fixation of an allele at a neutral locus is equal to its frequency at that time. I will refer to this probability of fixation as calculated ...
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Runs of homozygosity - degree of inbreeding and disease associations

Been reading recently about methods to determine how inbred a particular person is by measuring their "runs of homozygosity." Loosly, these are defined as regions of the genome (typically >1Mb) where ...
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Why is there no symmetry in pigmentation when comparing people north and south of the equator?

If you are at the equator and start moving north, the further you travel, the lighter the skin of the indigenous peoples. Considering that we live on a ball, why do we not find the same traveling ...
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Can we say it's hybridisation if it's the same species?

If we mixed two population of the same species into the same environment and then they reproduce together, can we say it's hybridisation? The wikipedia definition is the following: Hybridisation ...
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Is $F_{ST}$ a probability and a correlation coefficient?

$F_{ST}$ is one of the most famous and most important statistics of all of evolutionary biology. Yet, many people misunderstand it or misuse the classical results from the literature on $F_{ST}$ ...
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Would a colony with only one male and female collapse?

This is a thought experiment: If we form a population with only a single founder pair, can this population survive? What would happen? Would this inbreeding cause the population to go extinct? Could ...
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How should one interpret heritability? Is it related to $R^2$?

From Wiki: Heritability estimates are often misinterpreted if it is not understood that they refer to the proportion of variation between individuals on a trait that is due to genetic factors. It ...
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“Heterozygotic expection” - when heterozygote differs from both homozygotes, but homozygotes are similar

For simple 2-alleles genetic model {a,A} and corresponding quantitative trait Q is typically true that Q(aa)>=Q(aA)>=Q(AA) or conversely Q(AA)>=Q(aA)>=Q(aA). For example, dominance means that ...
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Relation between heterozygosity and allelic diversity in founder effects/bottleneck?

Can someone try to explain me why allelic diversity falls faster than heterozygosity, reminding you that we're talking about bottleneck or a founder effect? Look at this graphic: It's clear to me ...
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What test to apply to detect genomic signatures of selection?

I would like to ask you for your sugestions for selecting a test to detect signatures of selection in the following mouse model: We have three groups: animals exhibiting trait A, trait B and ...
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Why are the genomes of Humans 99.5% the same?

Human's DNA sequence is said to be roughly 99.5% equal. As far as I understand, this means that if I walked up to you and compared our DNA, the sequence of base pairs would be 99.5% the same. My ...
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Do mutant alleles result from mutation of the wild type?

The allele that encodes for the most common form of a phenotype in natural population is called a wild type allele and all the rest of the alleles encoding forms other than the wild type are called ...
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Effect of sex-ratio on the effective population size

As stated on this wikipedia article, the effective population size $N_e$ when the sex ratio differs from $\frac{1}{2}$ is $$N_e = \frac{4N_mN_f}{N_m+N_f}$$ I understand the biased sex-ratio ...
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Diffusion approximation to genetic drift

I am reading from the classical textbook Principles of Population Genetics, Hartl and Clark (pdf here). Introduction Let $f(p,x,t)$ denote the distribution of allele frequency $x$ at time $t$ ...
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Why don't the genetic similarities between ‘unrelated’ individuals of the same and different species outweigh the differences?

Ever since starting to learn about the concept of inclusive fitness during my BSc, I've been bugged by this questions: if inclusive fitness can account for many ‘altruistic’ behaviors, why don't the ...
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From STRUCTURE to FSTAT format

From numerical simulations I output a file that is input to STRUCTURE (Hubisz et al. 2009). I now realize that I would need to process my data with FSTAT (Goudet 1995). Both are text files. Is there ...
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Calculating pairwise Fst from allele frequencies

I am trying to refresh my memory on population genetics for a project, and I'm having some trouble. Assume I have genetic data on 3 populations with 5 individuals in each of a given species, with the ...
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Interpretation of F in inbreeding on the population level

The inbreeding coefficient for an individual gives the probability that the individual has two alleles at a locus that are IBD. What interpretation does the inbreeding coefficient have on the ...
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What is the difference between fixation and loss of alleles in a population?

When running a simulation in PopG, with parameters: Population size: 100 AA fitness: 1.0 Aa fitness: 1.0 aa fitness: 1.0 Mutation A to a: 1.0E-6 Mutation a to A: 1.0E-6 Migration rate between ...
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How do you create a .snp datafile?

I'm looking to use the software DIYABC 2.1.0 to apply approximate bayesian computing (ABC) to some resequenced data that I have. The resequenced data is in FASTA format however, and the software ...
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Is it possible for two people to repopulate earth? [closed]

Today I was wondering this question whether it is possible for two people to repopulate Earth. What if everyone else disappeared, except for two people (man & woman)? Can they repopulate? In ...
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Genetics of Hybrids

I'm working on this problem, but I'm not sure I've done it correctly. My initial thought was that the answer was $D$, but I don't see anything in the above graph that indicated the Hybrid species ...
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What is meant by “the degree to which a gene is expressed” in an individual?

Here is an excerpt from a text that I was reading, Here is an example of microarray data. The idea is to take a group of different individuals and for each of them, you measure how much they ...
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Who was the first to coin the terms of soft and hard selection?

Soft and hard selection are sometimes used with different definitions. I have been told that at first place hard and soft selection has been defined in the following way: soft selection: Each deme ...
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Is the fixation rate always equal to the mutation rate for neutral alleles?

Background A classical result of population genetic is that the rate of fixation of netreual alleles is the mutation rate $\mu$. The reason is that each generation $PN_e\mu$ mutations enter the ...
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Role of drift in evolution of sexually dimorphic traits

Is there a model for predicting how drift can affect the evolution of a sexually dimorphic (SD) trait? I've been trying wrap my mind around this paradoxical question; sexually dimorphic traits evolve ...
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IBD-value and IBD-fraction

I have some questions about the IBD-value and IBD-fraction for two of the condensed identity states, $S_1$ and $S_7$. My questions: 1) Is the IBD-value for the individuals i and j two (2) in $S_1$ ...
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What is a selective constraint?

I encountered the term selective constraint in Huber et al. 2015, page 4 (last paragraph) in: If invariable sites are included in the analysis, then both the methods of Kim and Stephan ...
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Disease causing variants and Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium

Is it true that many disease causing variants/mutations do not follow Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium? If so, then please elaborate on why this may be true (or not) and provide examples. I am interested ...
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Variance in reproductive success and effective population size

Background The effective population size $Ne$ is the size of the Wright-Fisher population that experience the same amount of drift than the population under consideration. The higher the variance in ...
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What is the distribution of the number of heterozygotes in finite populations?

Consider a bi-allelic locus with alleles A and a. We denote the frequency of the A allele by ...
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Chromosome 17-Ancestry question

I did the 23andme genotyping and was going over my ancestry. I mostly have ancestors that came from the UK which dominates most of my chromosomes. However, just a little bit (~1.4%) of my DNA is ...
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How could one calculate the gene flow between two populations?

Imagine there are two populations X and Y, and for each population you have the genotypes of each individual in that population (e.g. Aa, AA, aa, etc.), but for multiple loci (e.g. AABb). How could ...
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What exactly is extreme heterozygosity and how does it work?

What does the concept of "extreme heterozygosity" mean? I first encountered this concept in "The Drunken Botanist". They describe that when planting a seed from, say, a 'red delicious' which was ...