Selection in Population Genetics

May 2012

Natural selection is the primary directional force in evolution and is widely thought to be responsible for much of the broad spectrum of genetic diversity we see in nature. Yet for the past several decades, the central theoretical frameworks in population genetics have relied on the assumption that almost all the genetic variation we observe in nature is neutral. In recent years, this assumption has been called into question, as evidence mounts that natural selection is pervasive in many types of populations and cannot be ignored in interpreting genetic sequence data.

This seminar will bring together scientists from a range of backgrounds who may not regularly interact, but who have all grappled with the role of selection in natural and experimental populations. This will allow us to explore potential new collaborations, to combine a range of ideas that originate from diverse fields but are all potentially applicable to the development of a new theoretical framework, for studying selection in population genetics.