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Heredity (Edinb). 1994 Dec;73 ( Pt 6):657-79.

Developments in the prediction of effective population size.

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  • 1Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology, Univeristy of Edinburgh, UK.


Effective population size is a key parameter in evolutionary and quantitative genetics because it measures the rate of genetic drift and inbreeding. Predictive equations of effective size under a range of circumstances and some of their implications are reviewed in this paper. Derivations are made for the simplest cases, and inter-relations between different formulae and methods are discussed.

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