Kinship Bioassay

  • N. E. Morton


Heterogeneity among gene pools can be analyzed in three ways: by tests of significance, microtaxonomy, and estimation of relationship. When we consider that two gene pools must be different unless their parents were identical, it seems a sterile abuse of statistical tests to ask whether the gene pools of two groups are significantly different. However finely the anthropologist may subclassify man, the smallest category must be several orders of magnitude greater than the breeding population which concerns the geneticist, who should either be indifferent to microtaxonomic exercises, or appalled to treat our hybridizing species as a clone of bacteria. Therefore, only estimation of relationship provides an appropriate analysis of heterogeneity among gene pools.


Gene Pool Kinship Matrix Migration Matrice Genetic Space Phenotype Pair 
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Literature Cited

  1. MORTON, N. E., S. Yee, D. E. Harris and R. Lew. 1971. Bio-assay of kinship. J. Theor. Pop. Biol. 2:507–524CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. MORTON, N. E. 1971. Reply to Harpending Letter to the Editor: Treatment of random phenotype pairs. Amer. J. Hum. Genet. 23:538–539.PubMedGoogle Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. E. Morton
    • 1
  1. 1.Population Genetics LaboratoryUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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