Experimental Tools of Evolutionary Genetics

The most common empirical tools and techniques of evolutionary genetics are (1) classi cal genetic analysis of the distribution of specific genes and traits among offspring of particular crosses, (2) artificial selection experiments in which only organisms possessing certain characteristics contribute to the next generation, (3) studies of variation in enzymes in natural populations (enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts in biochemical reactions), and (4) studies of variation in molecular sequences (such as amino acid sequences, RNA and DNA sequences) between different organisms, populations, and species. Molecular methods have become the most powerful tool of modern evolutionary genetics. Experimental evolutionary genetics allows one both to quantify the extent of genetic differences and to estimate important evolutionary parameters (for example, mutation rates, the distribution of effects of mutations on different characteristics, including fitness components, strength of selection, rates of migration, and so forth).

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