Ap Chap 23 The Evolution Of Populations

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  • 1.The Evolution of Populations AP Chapter 23

2. What is microevolution?

  • Changes in the allele frequencies of a population from generation to generation

3. Sources of genetic variation

  • Mutations more common in prokaryotes
  • Sexual reproduction more common in eukaryotes

4. 5.

  • Can bediscretecharacters determined by a single gene locus
  • Can be aquantitativecharacter varying along a continuum by more than one gene* most common in populations

6. Measures of genetic variability

  • Average heterozygosity of a population
  • Nucleotide variability
  • Geographic variations(cline graded variation in a character across a geographic area, may parallel an environmental gradient)

7. A cline 8. About mutations

  • Most occur in somatic cells
  • Point mutations that do not change the aa or phenotype or harmless
  • Otherwise mostly harmful
  • Chromosomal mutations often deleterious
  • Rates in animals and plants 1/100,000 genes per generation
  • More rapid in prokaryotes and viruses

9. About variation in sexual reproduction

  • Due to reshuffling of alleles in recombination, crossing-over, independent assortment of chromosomes during meiosis, random combination of gametes in fertilization

10. How to determine gene frequencies

  • Hardy-Weinberg equation
  • Gene pool all alleles at all the loci present in a population


  • If all individuals are homozygous for the same allele, the allele isfixed.
  • Otherwise:
  • p= frequency of dominant alleles
  • q= frequency of recessive alleles
  • Therefore, p + q = 1

12. Hardy-Weinberg equation

  • The gene pool of a population will remain constant (no evolving) from generation to generation IF
  • No mutations
  • Random mating
  • Large population
  • No natural selection
  • No migration


  • The probability that two gametes containing the same allele will come together is equal to (p + q) 2 .
  • p 2+2pq+q 2=1
  • P 2 =homozygous dominants
  • q 2 =homozygous recessives
  • 2pq=heterozygous ones

14. When doing problems:

  • That will equal q
  • Subtract that from 1 to find p
  • Plug in equation

15. How can allele frequencies be altered?

  • Natural selection
  • Genetic drift
  • Gene flow - migration

16. Genetic Drift

  • occurs in a small population when some membersdriftoff and form a new colony may not be representative of the original population
  • Can lead to loss of alleles in a population or fixation of harmful alleles

17. Types of genetic drift

  • Bottleneck Effect some disaster affects the population


  • Founder Effect some members drift off voluntarily

19. Breast cancer in the Jewish women

  • A disproportionate number of Jewish women have the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation: Where the odds in the general population are 1 in 450, for Jewish women, the likelihood that they have a mutation is 1 in 40.
  • Geneticists attribute this to thefounder effect , a theory suggesting that genes in certain isolated communities-Iceland and Finland are others-can be traced back to a small number of "founders" who marry only within the group. Intermarriage normally gets rid of unhealthy genetic mutations, since only the children who inherit the healthy genes survive. When the founders only marry each other, though, those unhealthy genes stick around, For Ashkenazi Jews, the founders were a few thousand people who lived in Eastern Europe 500 years ago.

20. A result of genetic drift The Founder Effect in Action: Among the Amish, babies with Ellis-Van Creveld Syndrome are born with six fingers 21. Natural Selection

  • Relative fitness measure of an individuals contribution to the gene pool
  • Acts on the phenotype

22. Types of natural selection

  • Directional selection individuals on one end of a phenotypic range are favored


  • Disruptive Selection when environment selects individuals on both extremes


  • Stabilizing Selection favors more intermediate forms, tending to reduce phenotypic variation

25. 26. Sexual selection

  • Selection for a trait that enhances mating
  • Can lead to sexual dimorphism (distinction of males and females by secondary sexual characteristics)
  • Intrasexual selection same sex competing for mates
  • Intersexual selection mate choice, females choose sexier male

27. Type of sexual selection? 28. Type of sexual selection? 29. Preservation of Genetic Variety

  • Diploidy
  • Balancing selection maintaining two or more phenotypes in the population
  • Heterozygote advantage
  • Frequency-dependent selection phenotypes reproductive success declines if too many in the population

30. Balancing selection 31. A case of frequency-dependent selection

  • Theres too many
  • of us already!

32. Neutral variations

  • Do not confer a selective advantage or disadvantage
  • Ex in noncoding regions of DNA

33. Natural selection does not result in perfect organisms!

  • Can act on variations in the population
  • Many structures coopted for new situations
  • Often many compromises
  • Also chance events affects populations evo history.