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People inhabiting a territory, as in American population.

(genetics, ecology)

A group of organisms of one species that interbreed and live in the same place at the same time (e.g. deer population).


A low-level taxonomic rank.


A set of individuals, objects, or data from where a statistical sample can be drawn


Word origin: from Latin populatio, from populus = people.

Related forms: populational (adjective)
Related phrases: population characteristics, population surveillance.

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What makes dominant allele dominant?

You can have tens of alleles (often you do in a population). How do you imagine effect of two recessive alleles?

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by JackBean
Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: Genetics
Topic: What makes dominant allele dominant?
Replies: 5
Views: 1084

7 deadly sins in nature

I do not agree that overpopulation is a collective sin. It is very much up to the individual how many children they have. Every individual with even the most basic education knows that the world is overpopulated.Therefore it is up to ...

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by animartco
Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: 7 deadly sins in nature
Replies: 6
Views: 1027

Microevolution verus Macroevolution

... an allele is a specific iteration of a given gene. Microevolution is defined as variations in the frequencies of alleles below species level, in a population of organisms. Macroevolution is defined as variations in the frequencies of alleles at or above species level, or in populations of populations. ...

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by hackenslash
Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:57 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Microevolution verus Macroevolution
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Polymorphism and Mutation

... strand of DNA. This may cause the individual some discomfort or problems but is normally isolated to the individual. A polymorphism is a distinct population of genes that have changed enough to create variation within a group. It is these changes that can lead to evolutionary changes since if ...

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by Babybel56
Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:39 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Polymorphism and Mutation
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: Brain size=IQ level theory (Blacks vs Whites & Asians)

... relatively short time. We're talking a few tens of thousands of years at most and even then there had been continuous gene flow between different populations of humans. This is certainly not enough time for discrete differentiation to have occurred in any complex trait like intelligence. If we ...

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by Seth90210
Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Brain size=IQ level theory (Blacks vs Whites & Asians)
Replies: 68
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