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better comprehension of the complexity and relationships between the presence of alleles and outside “random” factors. The graphs generated by the program allowed for visual representations of each unique manipulation attained by students. As a result of these tools provided by the program, students are able to grasp relational trends between various factors and genetic drift.
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Results & Discussion Upon completion of three various simulations with different population sizes; 25, 50, 100, three various graphs with various trends and results were obtained. In the smallest of the populations, the greatest impact of genetic drift was felt. The sample with the population size of 25 had the greatest amount of populations lost at 4. The sample with the population size at 50 had the second most populations lost at 1. Lastly, the largest of the three samples had the least population loss at 0 lost. There is a clear trend between a small population size and loss of allele frequencies due to genetic drift. This trend thus supports my hypothesis that genetic drift has a greater impact on smaller populations than larger ones. This makes sense in terms of a biological sense as well. Genetic drift is random changes that may affect allele frequencies within a population. So therefore, if a population is small, it will be more likely to be impacted severely from such random events. These findings demonstrate a light upon evolutionary changes that occur upon different populations and how it affects allele frequencies.

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