genetic drift


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genetic drift

n.
Variation in gene frequencies in a population due to chance rather than natural selection, mutation, or immigration.

genet′ic drift′


n.
random changes in the frequency of alleles in a gene pool, usu. of small populations. Compare gene flow.
[1955–60]
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The livestock and poultry breeds of today are the result of foundation, isolation (genetic drift), and selection, both natural and intentional.
Adaptation to environment is another possibility, but many researchers believe variation is largely due to a neutral process such as genetic drift, which occurs when populations separate and stop exchanging genes."
Urban species have diverged from other populations through multiple evolutionary processes such as genetic drift and natural selection.
It assumes that mutation and random genetic drift are the major cause of evolutionary change.
Population genetics is the study of allele frequency distribution and change under the influence of evolutionary processes which include natural selection, genetic drift, mutation, and gene flow.
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In a 1997 essay, for example, Gould suggested a middle ground, in which we can recognize that a variety of mechanisms--such as natural selection, punctuated equilibrium, developmental constraints, chance, neutralism, genetic drift, and natural catastrophes--might be operating simultaneously and to varying extents to drive evolution (S.
Selection, mutation, migration (gene flow), genetic drift and population sub-structuring (Wahlund effect) are factors which can independently or unanimously cause disequilibrium.
The potential barriers created by a road can increase genetic drift when a population is fragmented (Wright 1931).
The researchers will use the grant to buy lab equipment, pay undergraduate and graduate lab assistants and understand the mechanism for genetic drift in hamster cell lines, which helps in the production of bio-pharmaceuticals used to treat various cancers, Crohn's disease, severe anemia and multiple sclerosis.