Genetic Drift Genetic drift

Simulation of “random” genetic drift under complete “neutrality”


This module simulates genetic drift under complete neutrality where is no selection for or against the different alleles (variants). The initial distribution of the variants in the population is random. Depending on the population size, number of variants, and number of generations, the random genetic drift (random sampling) of the alleles will reduce the number of alleles and eventually eliminate the of variations, leading to the fixation of only one in the population.

Drift Parameters

See also Natural Selection

Drifting of Variants

Number of Variants

R code

number_of_variants = 10 # Number of alleles
population_size = 100
number_of_generations = 1000 # Maximum number of generations
# Generate initial distribution of variants
variants = sample (LETTERS[1:number_of_variants], population_size, replace = TRUE)
# Display initial counts (t = 0)
generations = data.frame(t = 0, table(variants))
# Iterate over the number of generations
for (t in 1 : number_of_generations) {
	# Sample
	variants = sample(variants, population_size, replace = TRUE)
	counts = table(variants)
	generations = rbind(generations, data.frame(t, counts))
	if (length(counts) == 1)
		break # Stop if number of variants drops to 1
# Display final counts