Genetic Diversity

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780123847195
ISBN (Print)9780123847201
StatePublished - 2001

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© 2001 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Electrophoresis
  • Enigma
  • Genetic diversity
  • Genomics
  • Molecular evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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