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The mapping of human genes is continuing swiftly. Genes linked to particular inherited illnesses are being pointed out, usually delivering perception into the molecular reason for the sickness. in the meanwhile, notwithstanding, little attention is being given to the adaptation found in diverse human populations. version within the Human Genome discusses tools of analysing inhabitants genetic information and the way modern genetic heterogeneity arises through the evolution and migration of human populations. particular issues reminiscent of cystic fibrosis, beta-thalassaemia, fragile X, phenylketonuria and tumour improvement susceptibility are used to demonstrate this genetic variability and mechanisms of gene mutation and evolution.


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The pictures I drew are realizations of what we would see if we just traced this ancestral history. W. Bodmer: Are your simulations forwards or backwards? Donnelly: The simulations are backwards. I could have simulated the whole population and just looked at the relevant bits, but that’s inefficient. W. Bodmer: But you would get the same answers, so it’s no different from conventional simulation, except in terms of efficiency, which I’m prepared to accept. Donnelly: Yes, you’re correct. The answers are no different from conventional simulation.

This is purely a question of terminology. I did not refer to the term ‘correlation’ in the same way as human geneticists. Rather, I used the term in the same way as statisticians. The observation of one particular gene in a population is not independent of observations of other genes in the population. Additional information about ancestral history can be gained simply by increasing the sample size; however, each additional observation conveys less information than the previous one. In fact, in the context of coalescent theory, we do not get significantly more information when the sample size is increased from six to 100.

29 Interpreting genetic variability I I m 4 6 3 2 5 1 3 4 2 6 5 m 5 3 6 4 1 2 1 T 5000 generations k m m m 1 2 3 5 4 6 1 2 3 4 56 1 5 2 3 4 6 FIG. 2. Six realizations of the gene genealogy for a sample of size n = 6 genes from a panmictic population that has grown exponentially, throughout its history, to a current size of 250 000 000 individuals. The value taken by the population size 2500 generations ago is 5000. However, it may not apply to early human populations; therefore, results described here and elsewhere on the effects of variation in population size should be interpreted with caution.

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