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Population Theory

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Population Theory
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (see reuse policy).

This module deals with calculating the frequency of alleles in relevant human populations. The knowledge of how human populations arise, interact, and develop is central to the understanding of genetics. Alleles are distributed according to the basic rules of Mendelian genetics and are sensitive to natural forces that can be quantitated when populations are studied. This section will introduce the fundamental terms, theories, models, and assumptions and forms the basis for the routine calculations performed on forensic samples. It is assumed that the student is familiar with basic genetics.

Read the Genetics module in course: Crime Scene and DNA Basics for Forensic Analysts.

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