Human genetic diversity: Lewontin's fallacy.

  title={Human genetic diversity: Lewontin's fallacy.},
  author={A. W. F. Edwards},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  volume={25 8},
  • A. Edwards
  • Published 1 August 2003
  • Biology
  • BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology
In popular articles that play down the genetical differences among human populations, it is often stated that about 85% of the total genetical variation is due to individual differences within populations and only 15% to differences between populations or ethnic groups. It has therefore been proposed that the division of Homo sapiens into these groups is not justified by the genetic data. This conclusion, due to R.C. Lewontin in 1972, is unwarranted because the argument ignores the fact that… 

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