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Biol 2 Week 2 notes

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These notes cover and explain more of evolutionary forces.
Biological Principles II
Dr. Sniegowski
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Biology, evolutionary forces
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Date Created: 01/26/16
Evolutionary forces II Wednesday, January 20, 2016 1:02 PM  Hardy Weinberg o No selection occurring: Finesses equal, allele frequencies stable if no other evolutionary forces operating on population. Genotype frequencies as shown if mating is random o Selection occurring: individuals bearing the A allele have higher fitness: A allele increases in frequencies going from p = 0.5 to 0.57  aa survives half as well  Taking into account the reduction in the frequencies of the aa genotype as a result of its lower survival rate, we calculate new allele frequencies p and q. we then calculate HW frequencies for the next gen based on these new p and q values: they are shown in line 3 of the second table  Reminder: nature vs nurture o Genotype + environment = phenotype  Genotype = genetic makeup of organism  Phenotype = observable characteristics of an organism, depends on genes and environment  Heritable trait = is at least partly determined by genes o Only way to get evolutionary change if due to heritability  Selection o If a pop only had environmental change (and no genetic variation), could be dif phenotypes but there would be no evolution bc no genetic diversity o EVOLUTION ONLY OCCURS WITH HERITABLE GENETICS  Evolution by natural selection: quantitative traits o Natural selection cannot act directly on genotypes, but acts on phenotypes o There are a variety of patterns of selection, that depend on the relationship between phenotype and fitness o Changes in allele frequency at multiple gene loci are the basis for the evolution of quantitative trains  Patterns of selection: o directional  Fitness and trait value: fitness is higher with low trait values  Directional selection for small trait value so distribution of bell curve of trait value will shift left In this case   Only if trait is heritable o Stabilizing  Intermediate trait value has most fitness  Bell curve will shrink   Ex: birth weight in humans (smallest mortality occurs at median birth weight, aka intermediate trait value)  If graph were flat for birth weight, it shows there's selection vs how it's shaped like a bell now  Goes on in nature a lot --> not like directional bc there's a limit for directional o Disruptive  If individuals at both extremes have high fitness (low trait value and high trait value)  Variation in pop is increased, and a bimodal pattern may result   Ex: small billed birds and lard billed birds (intermediates don’t survive)  Sexual selection: access to mating depends on traits o Females produce bigger gametes…access to females is often limiting in reproductive success so males wind up in a bind o Intra-sexual selection: trait makes bearer able to compete with members of the same sex for access to mates o Inter-sexual selection: trait makes bearer more attractive to opposite sex  Usually males being showy o Fitness = survival and reproduction  Artificial selection: human mediated selection, important in plant and animal breeding o Ex: dog breeding  Still wolves but we created their own species name o Artificial vs natural  Natural takes place spontaneously in nature  Artificial--some human surveys the crop and picks and chooses o Ex: agriculture o Ex: turkeys --> artificial directional selection  Genetic drift o Random change in allele frequencies that occurs because pop are finite. It is most pronounced in small pop o Chance events can affect whether an individual survives or reproduces regardless of its phenotype or genotype  Chace injuries, storms  Even very well adapted organisms are affected o Chance events can also effect whether an allele is passed on or not  Sometimes Aa genotype will only produce a gametes o At population level as a result of these chance events, allele frequencies change randomly from one gen to the next (= gen drift)  True in all real (finite) populations, especially in small pops  If it were infinite, would not occur o Ex: flipping a coin and expected 50/50 if you flip it twice vs 1 mil times o Principles:  Trajectory of allele frequency under gen drift is random (drunkard's walk): no two pops show the same trajectory of allele frequency)  The effect of drift is stronger in smaller populations  Drift ultimately causes loss of gen variability in pop: one allele at random eventually goes to fixation (freq = 1) under a pure drift process (goes more rapidly in small populations)  The prob that an allele goes to fixation under genetic drift is equal to its starting frequency (ie 50% if it starts at p = 0.5) o Bottlenecks in pop size can accelerate genetic drift  Chance environmental (founder event) event reduces the pop size which accelerates drift process  Ex: cheetahs  Most genetically uniform vertebrae o Further consequences  Harful alleles may increase in freq by drift and rare advantageous alleles may be lost by drift  If pop are reduced to a small size, genetic drift can increase prevalence of rare genetic diseases  Ex: Amish and Ellis-van Creveld syndrome  Migration (gene flow) o Change in allele freq that occurs when alleles move between pop. Migration is important in limiting divergence of pop within a species  Result of migration of indiv movement of gametes between pop o Gene flow can add new alleles to a pop or change the freq of existing alleles  Mutation o Sponateous change in makeup of genome which can cause changes in allele freq in pop o Slow, but ultimate source of allelic varation that is acted upon by other three forces o Caused by chace, heritable variation in the DNA molecule o Happens in an individual genome  Result of damage, ie smoke  Most are either harmful or neutral o Changes allele frequency o Most populations have standing variation --> all arose out of mutatoin o Mutation is weak because mutation rates are low (one in a million) but continuously pumps in variation  Allele frequencies in populations result from interactions between forces o Only evolutionary force that fashions adaptation is NATURAL SELECTION o Mutation --> selection balance  Deleterious mutations constantly introduced by mutation --> thus doesn't get to frequency = 1 (bc deleterious) Weeded out by selection   Mutation/selection balance  Natural selection purges out harmul alleles o Migration -- selection balance  Selection leads to adaptation to local environment  Migration brings in alleles that are not locally adapted o Drift --> selection balance  Selection acts most effectively in very large populations  Drift is most powerful in very small populations  If pop is intermediate --> progress of allele under selection is not consistent  Natural selection cannot fashion perfection o Non-adaptive evolution  Mutation, gene flow, genetic drift compromise this o All individuals will not be perfectly fit to their local environment  Environments constantly changing; there may be a lag in adaptation  Natural selection cannot fashion perfect organisms o Evolution is limited by physical constraints o Adaptations are often compromises (trade-offs)  Energy given to survival cannot be used for reproduction --> limited amount of energy  Ie sexual selection dances o Evolution is limited by historical constraints  Neanderthal DNA o Modern humans are 0-4% neanderthal o Neanderthals and modern humans coexisted in Europe and the middle east and interbred o How are the alleles maintained for 30k years?  Some are involved in immunity (toll-like receoptors (TLRs))


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