- the branch of genetics concerned with the hereditary makeup of populations.
- the study of changes in gene frequencies in population of organisms and the effects of such changes on evolution and adaptation.
Origin of population genetics
First recorded in 1945–50
Also called quantitative genetics.
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- The branch of genetics that deals with the genetic makeup of populations.
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- The scientific study of the inheritance and prevalence of genes in populations, usually using statistical analysis.
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The study of the genetic composition of populations in order to understand the evolutionary forces that select for a particular gene.
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