More typically, there is an excess of homozygotes, indicative of population structure. Recombination breaks up this linkage disequilibrium too slowly to avoid genetic hitchhikingwhere an allele at one locus rises to high frequency because it is linked to an allele under selection at a nearby locus.
When individuals can be assigned to different subpopulations, the degree of population structure is usually calculated using FSTwhich is a measure of the proportion of genetic variance that can be explained by population structure.
In the absence of population structure, Hardy-Weinberg proportions are reached within generations of random mating. Gene flow is hindered by mountain ranges, oceans and deserts or even man-made structures such as the Great Wall of Chinawhich has hindered the flow of plant genes.
It is clear that levels of genetic diversity vary greatly within a species as a function of local recombination rate, due to both genetic hitchhiking and background selection. The mathematical properties of genetic draft are different from those of genetic drift.
Most current solutions to the paradox of variation invoke some level of selection at linked sites. For example, most mutations are deleterious, so the optimal mutation rate for a species may be a trade-off between the damage from a high deleterious mutation rate and the metabolic costs of maintaining systems to reduce the mutation rate, such as DNA repair enzymes.
High numbers have therefore been interpreted as a genome-wide falsification of neutral theory. Examples of gene flow within a species include the migration and then breeding of organisms, or the exchange of pollen.
When the product of the beneficial mutation rate and population size is small, asexual populations follow a "successional regime" of origin-fixation dynamics, with adaptation rate strongly dependent on this product.
Horizontal gene transfer[ edit ] Main article: Linkage is a problem for population genetic models that treat one gene locus at a time.
In reality, one allele is frequently found in linkage disequilibrium with genes at other loci, especially with genes located nearby on the same chromosome. A second common approach is the McDonald—Kreitman test.
Gene transfer between species includes the formation of hybrid organisms and horizontal gene transfer. It can be used to infer both the relationships between species phylogenetics and the population structure, demographic history e. This is known as the drift barrier and is related to the nearly neutral theory of molecular evolution.
The extent of this excess can be quantified as the inbreeding coefficient, F. Population genetic models can be used to identify which populations show significant genetic isolation from one another, and to reconstruct their history.
The Great Wall of China is an obstacle to gene flow of some terrestrial species. This is described as the extent to which a population is genetically structured. One common approach is to look for regions of high linkage disequilibrium and low genetic variance along the chromosome, to detect recent selective sweeps.
When the product is much larger, asexual populations follow a "concurrent mutations" regime with adaptation rate less dependent on the product, characterized by clonal interference and the appearance of a new beneficial mutation before the last one has fixed.
If a significant proportion of individuals or gametes migrate, it can also change allele frequencies, e. Horizontal gene transfer Horizontal gene transfer is the transfer of genetic material from one organism to another organism that is not its offspring; this is most common among prokaryotes.
Gene flow Because of physical barriers to migration, along with the limited tendency for individuals to move or spread vagilityand tendency to remain or come back to natal place philopatrynatural populations rarely all interbreed as may be assumed in theoretical random models panmixy.
It normally assumes neutralityand so sequences from more neutrally-evolving portions of genomes are therefore selected for such analyses. Another approach to demographic inference relies on the allele frequency spectrum.
The fact that levels of genetic diversity vary much less than population sizes do is known as the "paradox of variation". Migration into a population can introduce new genetic variants,  potentially contributing to evolutionary rescue.
Linkage also slows down the rate of adaptation, even in sexual populations. Drift barrier theory predicts that species with large effective population sizes will have highly streamlined, efficient genetic systems, while those with small population sizes will have bloated and complex genomes containing for example introns and transposable elements.
Coalescent theory relates genetic diversity in a sample to demographic history of the population from which it was taken.
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