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why is the heterozygous condition (for any allele) important in maitaining genetic variation within a population?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The best answer I can devise at the moment is that if the proportion of heterozygous individuals is below the number predicted by the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium assortative mating is implied. In such a case the putative single population under study may in fact represent two at least partially distinct populations, each with less diversity than the whole.

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