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Evolution and Selection of Quantitative Traits$
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Bruce Walsh and Michael Lynch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198830870

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198830870.001.0001

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Changes in Quantitative Traits Over Time

Changes in Quantitative Traits Over Time

(p.3) 1 Changes in Quantitative Traits Over Time
Evolution and Selection of Quantitative Traits

Bruce Walsh

Michael Lynch

Oxford University Press

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. This chapter provides a historical overview of the study of such traits and their connections with traditional and molecular population genetics, applied breeding, and evolutionary theory.

Keywords:   animal breeding, Biometricians, epigenetics, evolutionary genetics, extended evolutionary synthesis, Mendelians, molecular population genetics, plant breeding

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