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The first textbook in the program, Principles of Biology, is a research-oriented, Essentials of Genetics is a guided introduction to many key concepts in genetics . Free download of Introduction to Population Genetics by Lynn Jorde, University of Utah. Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle. Read, write reviews and more. Population Genetics. • Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. • Microevolution. • Mutation. • Genetic Drift. • Migration. • Non-random mating. • Natural selection.

How I learnt to love population genetics. PLoS Genet 13 This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Competing interests: The author has declared that no competing interests exist. Image courtesy of Jonathan Flint.

In many ways it is an old-fashioned text book; there are none of those boxes, in-depth analyses, short bios of famous scientists, and other features beloved of publishers wishing to make a book more accessible, and hence to increase sales. No, this is a proper textbook. It has tables, and black and white figures, and lots of text. I had a background in molecular biology, and the only formal training I had ever had in genetics consisted of some lectures from a medical geneticist, focused primarily on what could be done for families in which a Mendelian disorder was segregating answer: I wanted to find out what was known about the genetic basis of quantitative traits, things like height and weight, or, more relevant since I worked in behavior genetics, measures of anxiety in mice.

At the time I bought the book, I was about to start an experiment that involved crossing inbred mice whose ancestors had been selected for many generations on a behavioral phenotype, activity in an open-field arena. A series of classic papers in the behavior genetics literature from John DeFries described the selection experiments and discussed their implications for the genetic basis of behavior. DeFries had already used crosses between mice to identify the effect of a single gene on open field activity [ 2 ] and I wanted to take those findings into the molecular age, map the genes, and discover the molecular mechanisms.

Did I really need all those chapters on inbreeding, migration, population structure and selection? I rushed straight to Chapter 5. It started off badly.

Why had I a bought a book by so ill-informed an author? Worse was to follow. I had no intention of learning about selection! Had I wasted my money?

I went back to the beginning of the book, and found to my surprise, a ringing endorsement of the value of molecular techniques! This was more like it! Population genetics, for those of you unfamiliar with this field, has for its subject matter to decide upon the relative importance of four factors: Great, really helpful. As far as I could tell, population geneticists had no way of ever really deciding which, if any, of these factors was responsible, because no population geneticist ever carried out an experiment.

All they did was analyze data collected from natural populations don't tell anyone, but while I am a little more appreciative of the ingenuity brought to bear on problems in population genetics, I still think those statements about the field are broadly true.

That was something I knew about; departures from Hardy-Weinberg were useful in detecting errors in the way genotypes had been called, and I had used them as part of quality control.

Imagine my surprise when I read: I stopped and went back to read in more detail. The Hardy-Weinberg principle states that the frequency of genotypes in a population can be predicted from the frequency of alleles as a binomial distribution. Crow claimed that Hardy-Weinberg ratios are attained in a single generation of random mating.

He did more than claim. On page 9 he lays out exactly why random choice from a pool of gametes a big bag of ps and qs to create genotypes is the same as the production of genotypes from the random mating of a large population of diploid individuals.

Later in the chapter page 23 was a good example of why I should have paid more attention.

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By this point Crow still moving fast has covered two locus models, and described linkage disequilibrium, another term I thought I was familiar with. He describes allele frequencies at blood group loci obtained from a population in Michigan. Each locus showed Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, consistent with expectations, but the two locus analyses do not.

In fact, some pairs of loci situated on different chromosomes were in disequilibrium! How was that possible? Suppose there are two loci with two alleles A and a, B and b.

That gives a total of ten genotypes and the frequencies of each are the products of the frequencies of each component, so the homozygote AB is P 2 AB , and so on see [ 1 ], Table 1— But that calculation assumes the frequencies are independent.

Migrants from different parts of the world make up a population like that of Michigan, bringing with them alleles at very different frequencies. This insight was obtained with mathematics even I could understand. I began to treat the book with more respect. I also began to notice another characteristic. Almost anyone might have discovered it? Well, not me for sure. Astonishingly, Crow was right! It is a good read. I was taking Crow more seriously now, and began to experience a sinking feeling as I confronted the extent of my ignorance.

I think either Francis Crick or Sydney Brenner probably both counseled against reading, as it inhibits thought. I can see their point. Reading Crow was beginning to terrify me.

Taking the book seriously meant not only reading the text but scary, scary also answering the questions at the end of each chapter.

What is the frequency of the N allele? Must be an application of the Hardy-Weinberg principle. I had no intention of learning about selection! Had I wasted my money? I went back to the beginning of the book, and found to my surprise, a ringing endorsement of the value of molecular techniques! This was more like it!

Population genetics, for those of you unfamiliar with this field, has for its subject matter to decide upon the relative importance of four factors: Great, really helpful. As far as I could tell, population geneticists had no way of ever really deciding which, if any, of these factors was responsible, because no population geneticist ever carried out an experiment. All they did was analyze data collected from natural populations don't tell anyone, but while I am a little more appreciative of the ingenuity brought to bear on problems in population genetics, I still think those statements about the field are broadly true.

That was something I knew about; departures from Hardy-Weinberg were useful in detecting errors in the way genotypes had been called, and I had used them as part of quality control. Imagine my surprise when I read: I stopped and went back to read in more detail. The Hardy-Weinberg principle states that the frequency of genotypes in a population can be predicted from the frequency of alleles as a binomial distribution. Crow claimed that Hardy-Weinberg ratios are attained in a single generation of random mating.

He did more than claim. On page 9 he lays out exactly why random choice from a pool of gametes a big bag of ps and qs to create genotypes is the same as the production of genotypes from the random mating of a large population of diploid individuals. Later in the chapter page 23 was a good example of why I should have paid more attention.

By this point Crow still moving fast has covered two locus models, and described linkage disequilibrium, another term I thought I was familiar with. He describes allele frequencies at blood group loci obtained from a population in Michigan. Each locus showed Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, consistent with expectations, but the two locus analyses do not.

In fact, some pairs of loci situated on different chromosomes were in disequilibrium! How was that possible? Suppose there are two loci with two alleles A and a, B and b. That gives a total of ten genotypes and the frequencies of each are the products of the frequencies of each component, so the homozygote AB is P 2 AB , and so on see [ 1 ], Table 1— But that calculation assumes the frequencies are independent.

Migrants from different parts of the world make up a population like that of Michigan, bringing with them alleles at very different frequencies.

This insight was obtained with mathematics even I could understand. I began to treat the book with more respect. I also began to notice another characteristic. Almost anyone might have discovered it? Well, not me for sure. Astonishingly, Crow was right! It is a good read. I was taking Crow more seriously now, and began to experience a sinking feeling as I confronted the extent of my ignorance.

I think either Francis Crick or Sydney Brenner probably both counseled against reading, as it inhibits thought. I can see their point. Reading Crow was beginning to terrify me. Taking the book seriously meant not only reading the text but scary, scary also answering the questions at the end of each chapter.

What is the frequency of the N allele? Must be an application of the Hardy-Weinberg principle. This cheered me up. Actually, I could answer most of the questions at the end of the chapter there are 25 of them and if you get really stuck you can cheat! He gives you the answers at the back of the book. Back to Chapter 5 and quantitative traits. There was some stuff on selection, including a figure of changes in mouse size though sadly not mouse open-field activity , and some not very interesting to me arguments about multiplicative versus additive action and then, suddenly, at the beginning of section 5—2 this resplendent sentence: What on earth did he mean?

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As far as I knew, regression was some technical thing that statisticians used, what had it to do with quantitative genetics? There is a very fine diagram Figure 5—5 in my edition that explains regression to the mean.

It means that the children of parents at the extremes of a distribution are more likely to have scores that are closer to the average. I remembered something slightly upsetting. Eysenck pulled off the bookshelves a copy of his autobiography. I opened it and idly glanced at the dedication page, which read something like: Oh, now I knew what that meant.

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I wondered if his children had read it and if they understood too. Understanding regression to the mean requires some knowledge of variance and co-variance. Crow, I realized, was being kind to his readers. He includes the formulae both in an Appendix and in the main text. I had a quick look. To my astonishment the appendix is a self-contained description of probability and statistics. Crow takes nothing for granted.Their styles are so different.

This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. The gene expression effect of histone modification placements is called the histone code.

Then we examine the But that calculation assumes the frequencies are independent. Hamilton " ;. A Mathematician's Apology: The success of classical genetics in mutation analysis and chromosome mapping, as well as the spectacular achievements of molecular genetics, bear testimony to the power of genetic methodology using well-chosen marker loci.

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