The genealogy of sequences containing multiple sites subject to strong selection in a subdivided population

Genetics. 2003 Mar;163(3):1201-13.


A stochastic model for the genealogy of a sample of recombining sequences containing one or more sites subject to selection in a subdivided population is described. Selection is incorporated by dividing the population into allelic classes and then conditioning on the past sizes of these classes. The past allele frequencies at the selected sites are thus treated as parameters rather than as random variables. The purpose of the model is not to investigate the dynamics of selection, but to investigate effects of linkage to the selected sites on the genealogy of the surrounding chromosomal region. This approach is useful for modeling strong selection, when it is natural to parameterize the past allele frequencies at the selected sites. Several models of strong balancing selection are used as examples, and the effects on the pattern of neutral polymorphism in the chromosomal region are discussed. We focus in particular on the statistical power to detect balancing selection when it is present.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diploidy
  • Disorders of Sex Development / genetics
  • Genealogy and Heraldry
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Models, Genetic*
  • Models, Statistical
  • Probability
  • Recombination, Genetic
  • Selection, Genetic*