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BIOL 4003 Week 14 Lecture Notes

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Principles of Genetics
Robert Brooker
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Chapter 26: -   Population genetics is an extension of mendel’s laws of inheritance, molecular genetics, and the ideas of Darwin o   Focus is shifted away from the individual and toward the population of which the individual is a member o   All of the alleles of every gene in a population make up the gene pool §   Only individuals that reproduce contribute to the gene pool of the next generation o   Population geneticists study genetic variation within the gene pool and how it changes from one generation to the next -   Population is a group of individuals of the same species the occupy the same region and can interbreed with eachother o   Large populations are usually composed of smaller groups called local populations §   or also called demes •   Members of local population are more likely to breed with each other than with members of the general population o   Some genes are monomorphic (genes are all the same), while most are polymorphic (a lot of variation in genes) o   Polymorphism: Observation that many traits display variation within a population §   Can also correspond to differences in genes (single nucleotide polymorphism) -   Population genetics is concerned with allele and genotype frequencies o   Two calculations are central to population genetics §   Allele frequency: Number of copies of allele in a population / total number of all alleles for that gene in a population •   Must multiply by two if a homozygote! §   Genotype frequency: # of individuals with a particular genotype in a population / total # of individuals in a population o   Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium §   Simple mathematical expression that relates alleles and genotype frequencies in a population §   Called an equilibrium à True under certain set of conditions: •   Allele and genotype frequencies do not change over course of many generations o   One allele frequency is denoted p while the other is q §   Equations: •   p + q = 1 •   p + 2pq + q = 1 o   p = genotype frequency of homozygous dominant o   2pq = genotype frequency of heterozygote o   q = genotype frequency of homozygous recessive •   Only true if population is in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium à must follow assumptions •   Can make a punnet square using these §   Conditions: (makes a lot of assumptions) •   No new mutations •   No genetic drift o   The population is so large that allele frequencies do not change due to random sampling effects •   No migration •   No natural selection •   Random mating §   Useful to show that the population is not in equilibrium •   Leads researcher to think one of the above conditions is not true in the population •   could illustrate inbreeding or natural selection -   Overview of microevolution o   Genetic variation in natural populations changes over many generations o   Microevolution describes changes in a population’s gene pool from generation to generation §   Driven by (table 26.1): •   Mutation o   Does not have much impact on changing allele/genotype frequency because it occurs too slowly o   Used as a mean to change things •   Random genetic drift •   Migration •   Natural Selection •   Nonrandom mating §   Natural selection •   There is a struggle for existence o   Individuals that are most adapted to their particular environment will survive and reproduce •   Can also be related to mating efficiency and fertility, not just to survival •   Must consider the fitness of a species o   Fitness: Likelihood that a genotype will survive and contribute to the gene pool of the next generation o   Fitness is used as a measure of reproductive superiority §   Don’t confuse with physical fitness o   Give genotype with highest fitness a value of 1 §   Assign fitness values to the genotypes in relation to this §   Fitness value is denoted by variable W •   Natural selection acts on phenotypes (which are derived from an individual’s genotype) •   Natural selection can operate in four ways o   Directional selection: favors the survival of one extreme phenotype that is better adapted to an environmental condition o   Balancing selection: Favors the maintenance of 2 or more alleles §   Heterozygote advantage §   Negative frequency-dependent selection o   Disruptive (diversifying) selection: Favors the survival of two or more different phenotypes; typically due to heterogeneous environment o   Stabilizing selection: favors the survival of individuals with intermediate phenotypes (eliminates the extremes) §   Genetic Drift •   Refers to random changes in allele frequency due to random fluctuations •   allele frequency may drift from generation to generation as a matter of chance o   Favors either the loss or fixation (monomorphic/can’t fluctuate) of an allele o   Rate of drift varies based on population size §   Larger populations are most resistive §   Rate of drift depends on the population size §   Drift occurs very rapidly in small populations •   Operates in a directional manner towards either allele loss or fixation •   Genetic drift has a larger impact in small populations o   Some populations are geographically broken into small local populations which are more susceptible to drift •   Examples of Genetic Drift o   Bottleneck effect: Large population is reduced to smaller numbers by an environmental event §   Species can expand again but with less genetic variation in the population o   Founder Effect: Small group from a large population leave and go somewhere else §   Less genetic variation in breeding §   Migration: can alter allele frequencies •   Gene flow: transfer of alleles from donor population to recipient population, changing the gene pool •   New population (recipient population) is called a conglomerate •   Typically, it is common for individuals to migrate between populations in both directions o   Bidirectional migration has two consequences: §   Tends to reduce allele frequency differences between populations §   Can enhance genetic diversity within population •   Mutations in one population can be introduced into the neighboring group §   Nonrandom mating: only affects genotype frequencies •   In random mating, mates are chosen regardless of genotype or phenotype o   violated frequently, especially in humans •   Mating and phenotypes: o   Assortative mating: occurs when individuals do not mate randomly §   Positive assortative mating: Occurs when individuals are more likely to mate due to similar phenotypic characteristics §   Negative assortative: occurs when individuals with dissimilar phenotypes mate preferentially •   Mating and genotypes: o   Inbreeding: Mating between genetically related individuals §   Inbreeding raises the proportion of homozygotes and decreases the proportion of heterozygotes o   Outbreeding: Mating between genetically unrelated individuals §   Inbreeding increases the proportion of heterozygotes and decreases the proportion of homozygotes o   In absence of other evolutionary forces, in/out breeding does not affect allele frequency o   5 factors of microevolution lead to evolution over long periods of time §   Can lead to new species over time


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