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A Primer of Molecular Population Genetics

Asher D. Cutter


The study of molecular population genetics seeks to understand the micro-evolutionary principles underlying DNA sequence variation and change. It addresses such questions as: Why do individuals differ as much as they do in their DNA sequences? What are the genomic signatures of adaptations? How often does natural selection dictate changes to DNA and accumulate as differences between species? How does the ebb and flow in the abundance of individuals over time get marked onto chromosomes to record genetic history? The concepts used to answer such questions also apply to analysis of personal geno ... More

Keywords: genome evolution, genetic variation, natural selection, genetic drift, mutation, phylogeography, population structure, neutral theory, phylogeny, adaptation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198838944
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198838944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Asher D. Cutter, author
Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Canada