Applications of selective neutrality tests to molecular ecology

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  • Michael J. Ford

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    1. Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Conservation Biology Division, 2725 Montlake Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
      Michael J. Ford. Fax: 206 8603335; E-mail: mike.ford@noaa.gov
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Michael J. Ford. Fax: 206 8603335; E-mail: mike.ford@noaa.gov

Abstract

This paper reviews how statistical tests of neutrality have been used to address questions in molecular ecology are reviewed. The work consists of four major parts: a brief review of the current status of the neutral theory; a review of several particularly interesting examples of how statistical tests of neutrality have led to insight into ecological problems; a brief discussion of the pitfalls of assuming a strictly neutral model if it is false; and a discussion of some of the opportunities and problems that molecular ecologists face when using neutrality tests to study natural selection.

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