Stationary Allele Frequency Distributions
Published Online: 14 MAR 2008
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Rannala, B. 2008. Stationary Allele Frequency Distributions. eLS. .
- Published Online: 14 MAR 2008
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Forces that determine the allele frequencies in natural populations include genetic drift, natural selection, migration and mutation. A balance of opposing forces can, in some cases, cause allele frequencies to approach a stationary distribution over time. The form of this distribution is not influenced by initial allele frequencies, but instead is determined by the relative magnitudes of different evolutionary forces.
- probability distribution;
- neutral theory;
- sampling distribution;
- population genetics