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Molecular Population Genetics

Matthew W. Hahn

Publication Date - 17 April 2018

ISBN: 9780878939657

352 pages
7 x 9 1/4 inches

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Provides descriptions of the methods and tools used in molecular population genetics, which has combined advances in molecular biology and genomics with mathematical and empirical findings to uncover the history of natural selection and demographic shifts in many organisms. For upper-level and graduate students.


Molecular Population Genetics is a general text covering one of the most active and exciting areas in biology. Combining advances in molecular biology and genomics with mathematical and empirical findings from population genetics, work in molecular population genetics has uncovered the extraordinary history of natural selection and demographic shifts in many organisms, including humans. While basic descriptions of the methods and tools of this field can be found in disparate places, no previous book has brought them together in a single volume. Rather than cobble together pieces from books, reviews, and primary research articles, Molecular Population Genetics presents a coherent user's guide to the field. Intended as a text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, the book will also be useful as a detailed reference for active professionals.


  • Focuses on the analysis of DNA sequence data collected from natural populations, reviewing the logic and assumptions behind commonly used methods
  • Covers methods for studying recombination, population structure, natural selection, and demographic history
  • An essential text for understanding the interpretation of molecular variation

About the Author(s)

Matthew W. Hahn is a professor at the Indiana University, Bloomington, Department of Biology and Department of Computer Science, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Table of Contents

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    Chapter 1. Models of Evolution
    Chapter 2. Experimental Design
    Chapter 3. Describing Variation
    Chapter 4. Recombination
    Chapter 5. Population Structure
    Chapter 6. The Coalescent
    Chapter 7. Direct Selection
    Chapter 8. Linked Selection
    Chapter 9. Demographic History
    Chapter 10. Population Genomics

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