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Population Genetics and Microevolutionary Theory

ISBN: 978-0-470-04721-7
512 pages
September 2006
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The advances made possible by the development of molecular techniques have in recent years revolutionized quantitative genetics and its relevance for population genetics. Population Genetics and Microevolutionary Theory takes a modern approach to population genetics, incorporating modern molecular biology, species-level evolutionary biology, and a thorough acknowledgment of quantitative genetics as the theoretical basis for population genetics.
  • Logically organized into three main sections on population structure and history, genotype-phenotype interactions, and selection/adaptation
  • Extensive use of real examples to illustrate concepts
  • Written in a clear and accessible manner and devoid of complex mathematical equations
  • Includes the author's introduction to background material as well as a conclusion for a handy overview of the field and its modern applications
  • Each chapter ends with a set of review questions and answers
  • Offers helpful general references and Internet links
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Preface.

1. Scope and Basic Premises of Population Genetics.

PART I:POPULATION STRUCTURE AND HISTORY.

2. Modeling Evolution and the Hardy-Weinberg Law.

3. Systems of Mating.

4. Genetic Drift.

5. Genetic Drift in Large Populations and Coalescence.

6. Gene Flow and Population Subdivision.

7. Gene Flow and Population History.

PART II: GENOTYPE AND PHENOTYPE.

8. Basic Quantitative Genetic Definitions and Theory.

9. Quantitative Genetics: Unmeasured Genotypes.

10. Quantitative Genetics: Measured Genotypes.

PART III: NATURAL SELECTION AND ADAPTATION.

11. Natural Selection.

12. Interactions of Natural Selection with Other Evolutionary Forces.

13. Units and Targets of Selection.

14. Selection in Heterogeneous Environments.

15. Serlection in Age-Structured Populations.

Appendix 1: Genetic Survey Techniques.

Appendix 2: Probability and Statistics.

References.

Problems and Answers.

Index.

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ALAN R. TEMPLETON, PhD, is Charles Rebstock Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, with joint appointments in Genetics and Biomedical Engineering.
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  • logically organized into three main sections on population structure, genotype-phenotype interactions, and selection/adaptation
  • extensive use of real examples to illustrate concepts
  • written in a clear and accessible manner and devoid of complex mathematical equations
  • includes the author's introduction to background material as well as a conclusion for a handy overview of the field and its modern applications
  • each chapter ends with a set of review questions and answers
  • offers helpful general references and Internet links
  • the author is one of the foremost authorities and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
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"...enjoyable to read...will certainly find its place on the shelves of those interested...[in] alternative viewpoints..." (American Journal of Human Biology, May/June 2007)
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