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EP/I013091/1 - Natural Selection in Spatially Structured Populations

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Professor N Barton EP/I013091/1 - Natural Selection in Spatially Structured Populations

Principal Investigator - Inst of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh

Scheme

Standard Research

Research Areas

Statistics and Applied Probability Statistics and Applied Probability

Related Grants

EP/I01361X/1

Start Date

03/2011

End Date

02/2014

Value

£350,886

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Population genetics explains the complex patterns of genetic variation that we observe in the world around us, and shows how these lead to the evolution of adaptation and diversity. The spatial variation that we see in almost all populations can tell us about the history of the species, and about how selection has acted. It is especially important now that we need to analyse the mass of DNA sequence data that has recently become available. However, until now there have been fundamental difficulties in formulating a consistent model of spatially continuous populations. We have developed just such a model, and shown how it can account for the large-scale changes that we see in real populations. In this project, we will extend the model to understand how selection acts in a spatial context. Amongst the questions we will ask are: How best to infer the history of a population from genetic data? Can selection on whole populations, rather than on individuals be effective? How do favourable genes spread through a species?

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Grant Event Details:
Name: Natural Selection in Spatially Structured Populations - EP/I013091/1
Start Date: 2011-03-01T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2014-02-28T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: University of Edinburgh

Description: Population genetics explains the complex patterns of genetic variation that we observe in the world around us, and shows how these lead to the evolution of adaptation and diversity. The spatial variation that we see in almost all populations can tell us a ...