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Theor Popul Biol. 1987 Aug;32(1):42-9.

The average number of sites separating DNA sequences drawn from a subdivided population.

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  • 1Department of Zoology, University of California, Berkeley 94720.

Abstract

The "infinite sites" model in the absence of recombination is examined in a subdivided population in which there is arbitrary migration among demes. It is shown that, if the migration matrix is symmetric and irreducible, the average number of sites that differ in two alleles chosen from the same deme depends only on an effective size of the whole population and not on either the elements of the migration matrix or the size of each deme separately. If there are n demes all of size N, the average number of sites that differ in two alleles chosen from the same deme is 4nN mu, where mu is the average mutation rate per site. This is the same value as for two alleles drawn from a panmictic population of size nN. The average number of sites that differ in alleles drawn from the same and from different demes can provide some information about the degree of population subdivision, as is illustrated by using the data of Kreitman and Aquadé (1986, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 83, 3562) on Drosophila melanogaster.

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