Genetic Diversity in Nature: Patterns and Theory

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Genetic diversity is the basis of evolutionary change. Ironically, however, the recently discovered abundant genetic diversity in natural populations through allozymic variation did not highlight its nature and significance as expected (Lewontin, 1974, 1986). The main unresolved problem haunting evolutionary genetics is: How much of this genetic diversity is adaptive, processed by natural selection, and contributes to fitness? In other words, what is the relative importance of selective and nonselective factors in the evolution of genetic polymorphisms in nature?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolutionary Biology
EditorsMax K. Hecht, Bruce Wallace
Place of PublicationBoston, MA
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4613-1043-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-4612-8306-5
StatePublished - 1988


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