Revisiting an Old Riddle: What Determines Genetic Diversity Levels within Species?

Ellen M. Leffler, Kevin Bullaughey, Daniel R. Matute, Wynn K. Meyer, Laure Ségurel, Aarti Venkat, Peter Andolfatto, Molly Przeworski

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Understanding why some species have more genetic diversity than others is central to the study of ecology and evolution, and carries potentially important implications for conservation biology. Yet not only does this question remain unresolved, it has largely fallen into disregard. With the rapid decrease in sequencing costs, we argue that it is time to revive it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere1001388
JournalPLoS biology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Neuroscience
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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