Genetic diversity (i.e., molecular hereditary differences within or between populations) is the basis of evolutionary change. The nature of genetic diversity among organisms has always been the basic problem of evolutionary genetics as well as of domestication, agriculture, and medicine. However, despite its cardinal role in evolutionary theory and application, the maintenance of genetic diversity remains largely enigmatic, notwithstanding the dramatic discoveries of molecular biology, which revealed abundant genetic diversity in nature.
|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Biodiversity|
|Subtitle of host publication||Second Edition|
|Number of pages||16|
|State||Published - 2001|
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- Genetic diversity
- Molecular evolution
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)