gene flow

noun

Definition of gene flow

: the passage and establishment of genes typical of one breeding population into the gene pool of another

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Clues are emerging about the unexpected influence of gene flow from ancient hominins on modern human populations before the latter left Africa. Wired, "Humans and Neanderthals Kept Breeding—and Breeding—for Ages," 1 Sep. 2019 Panama has always played a crucial role in the movement and gene flow of numerous neotropical forest species. Debbie Ponchner, Scientific American, "Panama Risks Becoming A Broken Link in an Intercontinental Wildlife Route," 19 Aug. 2019 The new deep learning method is an attempt to do better, by seeking to explain levels of gene flow that are too small for the usual statistical approaches, and by offering a far more vast and complicated range of models to do so. Jordana Cepelewicz, WIRED, "Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome," 10 Feb. 2019 In the Santa Monicas, the 101 Freeway exists as a near impenetrable barrier to gene flow for a group of 10 mountain lions. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "California's mighty predator — the mountain lion — faces ‘extinction vortex’," 25 June 2019 Their analytical model can also be applied to dogs and horses — indeed, to any species that show structured breeding in their populations instead of random gene flow. Quanta Magazine, "Genetics Spills Secrets From Neanderthals’ Lost History," 18 Sep. 2017 The new deep learning method is an attempt to do better, by seeking to explain levels of gene flow that are too small for the usual statistical approaches, and by offering a far more vast and complicated range of models to do so. Quanta Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Finds Ancient ‘Ghosts’ in Modern DNA," 7 Feb. 2019 Scientists characterized the clusters with five attributes, such as those with the greatest genetic diversity, or with improving gene flow across the network. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Breeding ground 'hubs' help keep sage grouse healthy. In Idaho, 1 sits near CJ Strike," 6 June 2018 Scientists characterized the clusters with five attributes, such as those with the greatest genetic diversity, or with improving gene flow across the network. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Breeding ground 'hubs' help keep sage grouse healthy. In Idaho, 1 sits near CJ Strike," 6 June 2018

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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gene flow

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Medical Definition of gene flow

: the passage and establishment of genes typical of one breeding population into the gene pool of another

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