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What is the group of organisms that can breed and produce fertile offs

What is the group of organisms that can breed and produce fertile offs


School: University of Northern Iowa
Department: Biology
Course: Life: Continuity and Change
Professor: Kurt pontasch
Term: Spring 2016
Tags: population, Genetics, demes, genotype, and phenotype
Cost: 25
Name: Population Genetics
Description: How genes are expressed and passed through a population
Uploaded: 04/10/2016
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Population Genetics

What is the group of organisms that can breed and produce fertile offspring?

∙ Introduction

o Most organisms don’t exist as isolated individuals instead they form a  population  

o Population- organisms of a given species found within the same  geographic region  

o Species- group of organisms that have the ability to breed and produce fertile offspring- same number and kinds of chromosomes  

o Population Genetics- the study of why differences in gene frequencies  occur in a population

 Ex: frequency of gene type, skin color, hair color, etc.- varies  among human populations- can be more than 2 alleles for a  

characteristics among a population

∙ Gene Pool

o Consists of all the genes of all the organisms that are in the population  o Each individual’s genotype is a subset of that gene pool  

What is the study of why differences in gene frequencies occur in a population?

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o As a result of several factors such as: geographic barriers or resource  availability the individuals within the population are found in clusters  These clusters breed with each other more often than with  individuals outside the cluster

o Because of this breeding within clusters- clusters of genes called  demes will occur within the local population

 If there is little exchange of genes between demes the demes  will differ phenotypically  

∙ Subspecies- still the same species- called breeds in  

domestic animals

∙ Gene Frequency  

o Usually stated mathematically in terms how often a particular gene  turns up in the gametes of a particular population  

o Possible for 2 demes to have the same gene pool but different gene  frequencies

What is the definition of a gene pool?

 Ex: all humans constitute one large gene pool, but different  ethnic groups have different gene frequencies  

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 Recessive genes are often more frequent then dominant within a given deme

o What determines the frequency of genes within demes and population  is the value of the gene in helping the organism survive and produce  offspring******

∙ Why Demes Exist

o Although no to individuals in a deme are exactly alike the members of  a deme resemble each other more closely than they do members of  other demes- why? 

 More closely related genetically because they breed with each  other more often than members of other demes

 Exposed to the more similar environmental influences- selection  pressures  

o Demes are not clear cut units of population  

o Demes exist because of  

 Geographic barriers  

 Environmental differenced  

∙ Ex: temperatures change with altitude and latitude  

o New demes form when organisms emigrate and form a new population o A population in which there is little genetic variability often displays a  high frequency of undesirable characteristics  

 Ex: hemophilia in the royal family in Europe  

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adaptability to environment changes- may lead to extinction   On the other hand- a large gene pool is more likely to contain  genes that will help some of the organisms to survive  

environmental changes  

∙ How variability is Generated  

o 4 main mechanisms that introduce variability into a gene pool  Mutations  

∙ All alleles have originated as a result of mutations  

∙ Mutations that code for bad characteristics result in  

alleles that are uncommon in the population- less fit- most

mutations are bad

∙ Mutations that code for good characteristics result in  

alleles that become more common in the population

changes gene frequency  

 Sexual Reproduction  

∙ Tends to result in new genotypes but not additions to the  

gene pool of population  

o However when a new genotype is produced that is  

superior to others in the gene pool it will be more  

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 Migration  

∙ When an individual migrates from one deme to another

genes can be added to the new population and subtracted

from the old- changes in the gene pool

 Size of Population

∙ The smaller the population the less variability it can  


∙ Determines the effectiveness of the things above  

ingenerating variety in the gene pool

∙ Domesticated Plants and Animals

o Humans often work with plants and animals to artificially construct  gene combinations that are desirable  

o Many plants and now animals can be reproduced asexually to form  individuals with exactly the same genotype- clones

o We can also bring together desired characteristics in plants and  animals by selective breeding

o Selective breeding is usually accomplished by:

 Finding wild demes that are homozygous for the desired trait  Breed small groups that are homozygous dominant for desired  traits  

o By breeding 2 organisms that are homozygous for different desired  traits we can produce offspring with both traits

 These offspring are heterozygous for those traits- Hybrids  Hybrids wont breed true for these desired traits among  themselves- must be managed to prevent the formation of  unacceptable gene combinations  

o When we use selective breeding to increase the frequency of desirable  traits other genes are lost from the gene pool

 Today most of our crops are planted as vast fields of similar  genotypes- monoculture

o Small gene pool within a monoculture can result in:

 The need for herbicides and insecticides to maintain the proper  conditions for plant growth

 Greater potential for a new disease or a change in  

environmental conditions to wipe out entire population

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