Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 9 years ago

Examples where cloning has NO effect on the genetic diversity of the population?

Hi, my biology assignment is asking me to get examples where cloning would have no effect on the genetic diversity of the population. Im haVing a hard time finding this information, does anybody know where i could get this information from?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Well cloning would reduce the genetic diversity of a population; however, if a population also has sexual reproduction then this should increase genetic diversity. If cloning does not occur more than sexual reproduction then the level of genetic diversity should stay the same (equalise). Second, if no genetic diversity exists in the population to begin with then cloning would not change the levels of genetic diversity it would remain the same. The Wollemi pine is a good example of a population without genetic diversity.

    Both these scenarios do not consider mutation or stochastic effects.

    Source(s): I am a population genetics PhD candidate
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