Some complexities in interpreting apparent effects of hitchhiking: A commentary on Gompert et al. (2022)

Brian Charlesworth, Jeffrey D. Jensen

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Abstract

We write to address recent claims by regarding the potentially important and underappreciated phenomena of “indirect selection,” the observation that neutral regions may be affected by natural selection. We argue both that this phenomenon—generally known as genetic hitchhiking—is neither new nor poorly studied, and that the patterns described by the authors have multiple alternative explanations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4440-4443
Number of pages4
JournalMolecular ecology
Volume31
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • demography
  • epistatic selection
  • genetic hitchhiking
  • linkage disequilibrium
  • selective sweeps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics

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