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Name: Population Genetics
ID: m44584
Language: English (en)
Summary: By the end of this section, you will be able to:
  • Describe the different types of variation in a population
  • Explain why only heritable variation can be acted upon by natural selection
  • Describe genetic drift and the bottleneck effect
  • Explain how each evolutionary force can influence the allele frequencies of a population
Subject: Science and Technology
Keywords: acquired trait, Afrikaner, altitudinal cline, assortative mating, bottleneck effect, cline, environmental variance, Fanconi anemia (FA), gene flow, genetic drift, genetic variance, geographical variation, heritability, Huntington's disease, inbreeding, inbreeding depression, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, latitudinal cline, mutation, natural selection, nonrandom mating, physical location, polymorphism, population variation, selective pressure, temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD)
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: OpenStax College (
Copyright Holders: Rice University (
Maintainers: OpenStax College (, Cnx Biology (

Latest version: 1.5 (history)
First publication date: Aug 23, 2012 2:12 pm +0000
Last revision to module: Apr 11, 2013 2:05 pm +0000


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Version: 1.5 Apr 11, 2013 2:05 pm +0000 by Cnx Biology
replaced "multiple choice" with "review questions"

Version: 1.4 Mar 14, 2013 12:16 pm +0000 by Cnx Biology
fixed summary

Version: 1.3 Mar 1, 2013 12:26 pm +0000 by Cnx Biology
fix fixed links

Version: 1.2 Feb 21, 2013 3:51 pm +0000 by Cnx Biology
migration spreadsheet changes

Version: 1.1 Aug 29, 2012 10:11 am +0000 by Cnx Biology
Created module

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