Russian Journal of Genetics

, Volume 52, Issue 9, pp 985–992 | Cite as

Mathematical models in genetics

Mathematical Models and Methods


In this study, we present some of the basic ideas of population genetics. The founders of population genetics are R.A. Fisher, S. Wright, and J. B.S. Haldane. They, not only developed almost all the basic theory associated with genetics, but they also initiated multiple experiments in support of their theories. One of the first significant insights, which are a result of the Hardy–Weinberg law, is Mendelian inheritance preserves genetic variation on which the natural selection acts. We will limit to simple models formulated in terms of differential equations. Some of those differential equations are nonlinear and thus emphasize issues such as the stability of the fixed points and time scales on which those equations operate. First, we consider the classic case when selection acts on diploid locus at which wу can get arbitrary number of alleles. Then, we consider summaries that include recombination and selection at multiple loci. Also, we discuss the evolution of quantitative traits. In this case, the theory is formulated in respect of directly measurable quantities. Special cases of this theory have been successfully used for many decades in plants and animals breeding.


genetics mathematical models mathematical genetics bioinformatics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cеnter for Advanced Bioinformatics ResearchSouth-West University “Neofit Rilski”BlagoevgradBulgaria

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