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Chapter 19, Problem 16QP
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Measuring Genetic Diversity in Human Populations

How would a drastic reduction in a population’s size affect that population’s gene pool?

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To determine: The affect of drastic reduction in population’s size on population’s gene pool.

Introduction: A gene pool can be defined as the collection of genes in a sexually reproducing population. The gene pool is indicative of the genetic diversity, biological fitness and survival of the population.

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The drastic reduction in size of a population will result in genetic drift. The genetic drift further causes changes in the frequencies of alleles. A lot of genetic variations might be lost if population siz...

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