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Genetics. Sep 1989; 123(1): 229–240.
PMCID: PMC1203786

DNA Polymorphism in a Subdivided Population: The Expected Number of Segregating Sites in the Two-Subpopulation Model


Using the two subpopulation model, the expected numbers of segregating sites in a number of DNA sequences randomly sampled from a subdivided population were examined for several types of population subdivisions. It is shown that, in the case where the pattern of migration is symmetrical such as the finite island model, the expected number of segregating sites is independent of the migration rate when two or three DNA sequences are randomly sampled from the same subpopulation, but depends on the migration rate when more than three DNA sequences are sampled. It is also shown that the population subdivision can increase the amount of DNA polymorphism even in a subpopulation in some cases.

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