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Variation: Measures

  1. Yun-Xin Fu

Published Online: 30 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001743



How to Cite

Fu, Y.-X. 2001. Variation: Measures. eLS. .

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  1. University of Texas at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAY 2001


Genetic variation refers to identifiable genetic differences within and between individuals. A measure of genetic variation is a summary statistic of the amount and pattern of genetic variation.


  • heterozygosity;
  • segregating site;
  • polymorphism;
  • pairwise difference;
  • F statistics