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BIO 203L- Lecture 5

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BIO 203L- Lecture 5 BIOL 203L 005

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Random Evolution Non-Random Mating
Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Dr. Kelly Miller and Dr. Scott Collins
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evolution, Random Evolution, Non-Random Mating, BIO 203
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Date Created: 01/28/16
BIO 203: Evolution Lecture 5 Random Evolution, Non-Random Mating •Gene Flow – Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium requires a closed system (isolated) – Gene flow – movement of alleles between populations – Generally results in homogenizing alleles (equalizing allele frequencies) between populations (mixing) – Random with respect to fitness • Alleles conferring both low fitness and high fitness can move between populations •Variation – Variation is key to evolution – Populations can’t change without variation – Variation is the substrate for natural selection •Sources of variation – Recombination (Sex) • Reshuffling of alleles in sexual reproduction • Does not change frequency of alleles, but does change which alleles are combined (provides opportunities for new combinations) – Putting them together in different ways • Many phenotypes result from combinations of multiple alleles – selection of one feature selects for multiple alleles – Sex is combining things together and mitotic errors causes new phenotypes – Gene transfer • Horizontal gene transfer – incorporation of alleles from other organisms – Ways to incorporate alleles from other organisms: • Transformation – absorption of environmental DNA • Organisms can absorb any DNA from the outside and make them apart of their DNA • Conjugation – Plasmids, Small circular pieces of DNA passed between bacteria • Transduction – Viruses may move DNA, including genes, horizontally • Mitochondria, chloroplasts – entire genomes from bacteria – Individual cells that were incorporated to the eukaryotic cell from the prokaryotic cell • Gene duplication – Chromosome mutation – Wholesale duplication of a region with an entire gene – Original copy continues to function BIO 203: Evolution Lecture 5 – New copy is free to mutate (free from selective pressures) – Can be a duplication of the entire genome • E.g. wheat has 6 copies of its genome (polyploid) – Mutation • Errors in DNA replication in gamete-producing cells create change in DNA sequences and novel alleles – Mutations in a gamete producing cell (sperm or egg) or gamete cell. Which are to be random, will be passed on genetically • Random – not subject to selection • Most mutations in functional genes are deleterious (alleles that lower fitness) (bad) • Some mutations that increase fitness • Mutation (mainly subsequent to gene duplication) is the source of new alleles and new variation •Evolution – What is evolution? • Descent with modification • Mechanisms of modification – Natural selection – Random changes (genetic drift) – Sources of variation •What evolution is not – Not goal-directed • Evolution is a “tinkerer” not an “engineer” – Use what is available not designing and adding new valuables – Constraints (cant do what it wants) • Genetic correlation – Any allele that affects one feature likely affects other features – Example: Genes affecting size of one feature often affect the size of other features as well (selection of each feature may be in opposite directions) • Bigger ears make it easier to hear predator but it affects the size of legs so it makes it harder to run away quickly from the predator – Alleles may be linked on a chromosome, and can only be inherited together – Lack of variation • Selection can only work on variation… if variation doesn’t exist, evolution can’t happen BIO 203: Evolution Lecture 5 • Reason why bottlenecks make populations less adaptable (no variation in bottleneck populations so they cannot adapt to the environment) • Fitness trade offs – Fitness trade-off – compromise between features in how those traits perform in the environment – Example 1 – size • Large size may help in taking down prey • But large size may require more energy, and when food is scarce, large size may result in risk of starvation – Example 2 – sickle-cell anemia • Helps with malaria resistance • But results in anemia in low-oxygen situations – Every adaptation is a compromise • Historical constraints – Phylogeny – Organisms are limited to mutations within the context of sets of features inherited from their ancestors (subset of lack of variation) •Outline, Nonrandom mating – Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium requires panmixia (random mating) – Mating is rarely random, so what about nonrandom mating? • Two ways: – Assortative mating –individuals choose partners like themselves (positive assortative mating) or different from themselves (negative assortative mating) •    Negative assortative mating • Opposites attract • Example: Self-incompatibility in many angiosperms • Cannot self-fertilize • Encourages diversity of alleles (disruptive selection) • Positive assortative mating (Inbreeding) BIO 203: Evolution Lecture 5 • • Inbreeding – mating between relatives • They don’t have to be your relatives they could just have similar features • E.g. when dispersal is a problem (mating by availability because you are not dispersed to the world) • Extreme example – selfing (self- fertilization or cloning yourself) • Leads to Inbreeding depression (results from positive assortative mating) • Lower overall diversity (only alleles in family so the gene pool is limited) • Increased homozygosity and frequency of certain recessive alleles • Reduced overall fitness • (Just like bottlenecks and founder effect) *founder effect is the same thing as inbreeding depression* • Inbreeding • Example: Vadoma tribe in Zimbabwe • Can only marry within the tribe but they end up with two toes because of heavy inbreading • Ectrodactyly is common • An autosomal dominant disorder (due to recent mutation) • Example: House of Habsburg, Habsburg Jaw and other things BIO 203: Evolution Lecture 5 • Charles II of Spain could not chew properly • His jaw was due to mutation because of heavy interbreeding –    Sexual selection • Natural selection ‒ Competition based on ability to survive to reproduce • Sexual selection – Competition based on ability to obtain many mates, or best mates • Ability to get many mates or good mates will enhance fitness regardless of other natural selection pressures • Is a special type of natural selection (mates are a type of resource) • Darwin – The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871) • Outlined his theories on sexual selection and he noticed sexual dimorphism • Sexual dimorphism – different forms of individuals of different sex in the same species (peacocks males have feathers out of butt and females don’t or facial hair on humans) • Sexual selection and fitness tradeoffs • Costs and benefits ‒ Each adaptation can have a benefit (conferring higher fitness) and a cost (conferring lower fitness) ‒ fitness tradeof • Benefit outweighs the cost it is and adaptation • Natural selection example: Flippers • Bad on land • But good in water • Benefits outweigh costs • Sexual selection and natural selection are often in tension • Investment Asymmetry – Female investment in gametes and offspring generally greater than male • Sperm are cheap, eggs and offspring are expensive • (Usually) males are limited by the number of mates they can mate with (eggs they can BIO 203: Evolution Lecture 5 fertilize), females are limited by the quality of their mates and costs of offspring production • Females can mate with whomever they want to, males can mate with whomever will let them • Intrasexual competition o Combat o Mate choice • Intersexual competition o Sexual conflict o Cryptic female choice o Sperm competition


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