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Population Genetics Department

The Population Genetics group is concerned with both theoretical and experimental investigation of the evolutionary consequences of various genetic and demographic phenomena and also includes historical and philosophical investigations of eugenics and evolutionary theories.

The group largely consists of post-doctoral fellows, visiting research workers and older established professionals who are in residence part or full time or on leave from their regular institutions. While the group has no laboratory facilities of its own, arrangements are made with other laboratories in the MCZ and Biology to allow members of the group to carry out experimental work.

Current projects include: experimental investigation of nucleotide and enzyme polymorphisms (Janet Collett); demographic variables in evolution (Lloyd Demetrius); computer simulation and evaluation of statistical tests for selection (Richard Lewontin); history and analysis of eugenics (Diane Paul); analysis of twin studies (Peter Taylor).

The group has its own library with a very large collection of reprints and a few thousand books with plenty of space to read and work. Good computer facilities for intensive computer modelling and statistical analysis of population models and data is also available.

People interested in spending some period in the Population Genetics group should contact Richard Lewontin.