Selection in genetics : a mathematical model
Blean, Sarah J.
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There are many areas of study in the field of genetics which continually affect our highly technological society. In particular, the idea of being able to predict the time when, given the current distribution of a population, a specific inherited trait might disappear from the population is one important question that is being raised. In order to accurately make such a prediction, a mathematical model will be built. Since there are several variables that enter into such a model, certain assumptions will initially be made. After studying the original model, a selected group of the variables and their corresponding assumptions will be changed to look at other possible cases. One of the key assumptions used in the first model is that of random mating. Random mating is a very broad term and excludes such things such as mutations, inbreeding, selection based on genotype, and inter-generation breeding.