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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2008,19:58   


I would love to hammer this challenge out with you to prove that in an ideal world a new mutation actually can catch on.  I would also love to see the sim prove that a mutation is more likely to fix in a large population.  So far my sim isn't doing any better with a large population (its a dog by about 50,000).

Why don't you believe the mathematics? As far as I know, it's fairly basic population genetics that Ns>>1 is required for selection to significantly "outweigh" drift (N is effective population size, allele "a" has viability 1, allele "A" 1+s) . Clearly then, a larger population improves the odds that a beneficial mutation A goes to fixation.

After much reflection I finally realized that the best way to describe the cause of the universe is: the great I AM.


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