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gene poolGenpool (ger.)

  • The total number of alleles possessed by a breeding population; (in extended use) the sum total of genetic material in a group or population. (OED 2011)

    It seems unlikely that any geneticist would regard as particularly significant any such a subtraction from the total gene pool of a population of roughly one hundred million.

    Pearl, R. (1941). Some biological considerations about war. Amer. J. Soc. 46, 487-503: 499.


    The gene pool of a whole population serves as “the material basis of evolution,” which is so often referred to in the genetic literature.

    Mayr, E. (1947). Ecological factors in speciation. Evolution 1, 263-288: 263-4.

    Every sexual species [...] possesses a gene pool, in which each gene may be represented by a certain number of alleles, and each chromosome by one or more structural variants
    Dobzhansky, T. (1950). Mendelian populations and their evolution. Amer. Nat. 84, 401-418: 404.

    Genes which confer higher fitness than others will be multiplied and spread in the gene pool until the Mendelian population approaches in constitution its “adaptive norm” for the environment concerned.

    Birch, L.C. (1957). The meanings of competition. Amer. Nat. 91, 5-18: 13.


    gene pool 1: The total genetic material of a freely interbreeding population at a given time. 2: All the genes at a given locus in a population in a given generation.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 99.

Adams, M.B. (1979). From „gene fund“ to „gene pool“: on the evolution of evolutionary language. Stud. Hist. Biol. 2, 241-285.