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A number of statistical tests for detecting population growth are described. We compared the statistical power of these tests with that of others available in the literature. The tests evaluated fall into three categories: those tests based on the distribution of the mutation frequencies, on the haplotype distribution, and on the mismatch distribution. We(More)
Nucleotide variation in eight effectively unlinked genes was surveyed in species-wide samples of the closely related outbreeding species Arabidopsis halleri and A. lyrata ssp. petraea and in three of these genes in A. lyrata ssp. lyrata and A. thaliana. Significant genetic differentiation was observed more frequently in A. l. petraea than in A. halleri.(More)
The simultaneous analysis of multiple genomic loci is a powerful approach to studying the effects of population history and natural selection on patterns of genetic variation of a species. By surveying nucleotide sequence polymorphism at 334 randomly distributed genomic regions in 12 accessions of Arabidopsis thaliana, we examined whether a standard neutral(More)
Although many computer programs can perform population genetics calculations, they are typically limited in the analyses and data input formats they offer; few applications can process the large data sets produced by whole-genome resequencing projects. Furthermore, there is no coherent framework for the easy integration of new statistics into existing(More)
  • Z Zhao, L Jin, +10 authors W H Li
  • 2000
Human DNA sequence variation data are useful for studying the origin, evolution, and demographic history of modern humans and the mechanisms of maintenance of genetic variability in human populations, and for detecting linkage association of disease. Here, we report worldwide variation data from a approximately 10-kilobase noncoding autosomal region. We(More)
A region of approximately 1.6 kb encompassing the ribosomal protein 49 gene (rp49) has been sequenced and compared in nine species of the obscura group of Drosophila: four species belonging to the obscura subgroup, three to the pseudoobscura subgroup, and two to the affinis subgroup. Our data provide strong support that the nearctic species (pseudoobscura(More)
Approximately 4 kb of the Cecropin cluster region have been sequenced in nine lines of Drosophila melanogaster and one line of the sibling species D. simulans, D. mauritiana, and D. sechellia. This region includes three functional genes (CecA1, CecA2, and CecB), which are involved in the insect immune response, and two pseudogenes (CecPsi1 and CecPsi2). The(More)
Recombination allows faithful chromosomal segregation during meiosis and contributes to the production of new heritable allelic variants that are essential for the maintenance of genetic diversity. Therefore, an appreciation of how this variation is created and maintained is of critical importance to our understanding of biodiversity and evolutionary(More)
BACKGROUND Artificial selection has caused rapid evolution in domesticated species. The identification of selection footprints across domesticated genomes can contribute to uncover the genetic basis of phenotypic diversity. METHODOLOGY/MAIN FINDINGS Genome wide footprints of pig domestication and selection were identified using massive parallel sequencing(More)
Next generation sequencing of pooled samples is an effective approach for studies of variability and differentiation in populations. In this paper we provide a comprehensive set of estimators of the most common statistics in population genetics based on the frequency spectrum, namely the Watterson estimator θW, nucleotide pairwise diversity Π, Tajima's D,(More)