This form of evolution decreases variety amongst

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various ways. This form of evolution decreases variety amongst populations as it decreases allele frequency within populations. One form of genetic drift is the founder effect. This is a type of genetic drift where diversity is lost when small groups break away from larger groups. With this understanding, we will use the program in class to observe changes that occur due to genetic drift upon populations of various sizes. Predictions 1. Genetic drift will have a greater impact on allele frequencies in smaller population than in larger populations. Methods To test our hypothesis in this lab, we used computer programs to test the effect of genetic drift has on allele frequencies on various population sizes. In the lab, a radford genetics simulator was used to allow us to manipulate various factors to test for effects of genetic drift. The program in a sense enabled students to play “God” as random natural events that would impact populations of species were now possible for students to simulate with the use of the program. The program allowed for the manipulation of various geological aspects of a population. These include - population size, frequency of an allele (x) , the number of generations, and the number of populations. The program allows for attaining various results dependent on chosen methods of manipulations upon the population’s factors. Understanding of the program enables a

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