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DNA variation at the Sod locus of Drosophila melanogaster: An unfolding story of natural selection

  • Author(s): Hudson, RR
  • Sáez, AG
  • Ayala, FJ
  • et al.

Patterns of variation at the Sod locus of Drosophila melanogaster suggest that the protein polymorphism at this locus has very recently arisen. In addition, it appears that a previously rare DNA variant has been recently and rapidly driven to intermediate frequency. From the size of the region (>20 kb) that has been swept along with this rare variant, and patterns of linkage disequilibrium in the region, it is inferred that strength of selection was large (s > 0.01) and that the sweep occurred more than 25,000 generations ago. In addition, there are striking similarities to patterns of variation observed at the Est6 and Eyt-P loci, which are located approxinmtely 1,000 kb from Sod.

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