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Relationship between allozyme heterozygosity and rates of divergence

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 April 2009

D. O. F. Skibinski
Department of Genetics, University College of Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, U.K.
R. D. Ward
Department of Human Sciences, University of Technology, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, U.K.
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The relationship between locus variability and genetic identity is analysed in pooled data from a collection of Drosophila and vertebrate allozyme surveys. For vertebrates the analysis provides evidence that loci with high expected heterozygosity diverge at a faster rate than loci with low heterozygosity in comparisons involving pairs of populations and pairs of species. This relationship is not observed in comparisons of Drosophila species pairs.

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