Genetical Processes in Wild Mouse Populations. Past Myth and Present Knowledge

  • R. J. Berry
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Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 127)


There is a widely accepted misconception that natural house mouse populations are rigid mosaics of small inbred demes which resist immigration and allow random spread and survival of inherited variation because of their small size and vulnerability to extinction. This myth is understandable, because there is a large amount of data apparently supporting it. Nevertheless it is a misleading perversion of the true situation. This paper is an attempt to provide a more accurate description of the processes that mould mouse populations, and the resulting consequences for the distribution of genetic variants.


House Mouse Centric Fusion Robertsonian Translocation Faroe Island Mouse Population 
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