Sunday, June 26, 2016

Species biology as major determinants of genetic diversity

I recently found a Nature paper: Comparative population genomics in animals uncovers the determinants of genetic diversity  reporting findings on determinants of genetic diversity, which is well anticipated by the MGD theory.

The authors said:"Our analysis reveals that polymorphism levels are well predicted by species biology, whereas historical and contingent factors are only minor determinants of the genetic diversity of a species."

So, as we have said all along since 2008, genetic diversity in most cases have nothing to do with effective population size or bottle necks. It is largely determined by species complexity, which is the most important aspect of species biology. 

It is really great and satisfying to see that others have independently come to our point of view, even though they have yet to fully acknowledge our series of papers published since 2008.


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