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Evolution and Selection of Quantitative Traits

Bruce Walsh and Michael Lynch


Quantitative traits—be they morphological or physiological characters, aspects of behavior, or genome-level features such as the amount of RNA or protein expression for a specific gene—usually show considerable variation within and among populations. Quantitative genetics, also referred to as the genetics of complex traits, is the study of such characters and is based on mathematical models of evolution in which many genes influence the trait and in which non-genetic factors may also be important. Evolution and Selection of Quantitative Traits presents a holistic treatment of the subject, show ... More

Keywords: animal breeding, Bayesian analysis, behavioral genetics, detecting selection with marker data, ecological genetics, evolution, genomics, human genetics, mathematical modeling in biology, molecular evolution, natural selection, plant breeding, population genetics, quantitative genetics, statistical genetics

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198830870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Walsh, author
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Arizona, USA

Michael Lynch, author
Professor and Director, Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution, Arizona State University, USA

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