Human Heredity: Principles and Iss...

11th Edition
Michael Cummings
ISBN: 9781305251052



Human Heredity: Principles and Iss...

11th Edition
Michael Cummings
ISBN: 9781305251052
Textbook Problem

Measuring Genetic Diversity in Human Populations

Why is it that mutation, acting alone, has little effect on gene frequency?

Summary Introduction

To determine: The reason for little effect on the gene frequency by the mutation.

Introduction: Genotypes refer to the overall genetic constitution of an organism. Genotype frequency refers to the number of times a particular genotype occurs within a given population. The genotype frequency is indicative of the amount of genotypes within a population.


The process of mutation results in new combination of alleles within a population, but it does not affect the frequency of allele to a large extent in the population. This is due to the reason that mutation occurs at a low rate...

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