Essay on Genetic Variability Between The Wild And Founding Population

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The results of the statistical comparison of genetic variability between the wild and founding population suggests that because the assumption figure is less than 0.5 (see table 2) the null hypothesis could not be dismissed. This meant that there is was no difference between the wild and founding population’s genetic variability. In relation to conservation biology, this finding is rather optimistic. Due to the fact that the two populations genetic variability is close to one-another allows for scientists to begin with a microcosm of the original population. This implies that if the correct methods of breeding are followed, then there is a strong possibility that the population of black-footed ferrets could be re-bred with the same genetic variability of the wild population.

When comparing the 8th generation of both the random and planned breeding population, a noticeable difference can be detected. During random breeding, the most dominant allele, H, drastically outweighed the other alleles by the 8th generation (see table 3). Due to the fact that it began as dominant and no strategies could be taken on avoiding breeding of parents with the H alleles, the allele quickly became dominant and even eradicated the A allele by the 5th generation. It is plausible that after another few generation the other alleles would also be eradicated, and H becoming the only allele within the population.

In contrast, planned breeding method was able to maintain most of the genetic…

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