Genetic distance and species formation in evolving populations

  title={Genetic distance and species formation in evolving populations},
  author={Paul G. Higgs and Bernard Derrida},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
We compare the behavior of the genetic distance between individuals in evolving populations for three stochastic models. In the first model reproduction is asexual and the distribution of genetic distances reflects the genealogical tree of the population. This distribution fluctuates greatly in time, even for very large populations. In the second model reproduction is sexual with random mating allowed between any pair of individuals. In this case, the population becomes homogeneous and the… CONTINUE READING

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