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Data from: The distinctive footprints of local hitchhiking in a varied environment and global hitchhiking in a subdivided population

Citation

Bierne, Nicolas (2010), Data from: The distinctive footprints of local hitchhiking in a varied environment and global hitchhiking in a subdivided population, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.1584

Abstract

Loci with higher levels of population differentiation than the neutral expectation are traditionally interpreted as evidence of ongoing selection that varies in space. This article emphasizes an alternative explanation which has been largely overlooked to date: in species subdivided into large subpopulations, enhanced differentiation can also be the signature left by the fixation of an unconditionally favourable mutation on its chromosomal neighbourhood. To discriminate among the two alternative scenarios one needs to investigate how genetic structure varies along the chromosomal region of the locus. Local hitchhiking is shown to generate a single sharp peak of differentiation centred on the adaptive polymorphism and the standard signature of a selective sweep only in those subpopulations where the allele is favoured. Global hitchhiking produces two domes of differentiation on either side of the fixed advantageous mutation and signatures of a selective sweep in every subpopulation, albeit of different magnitude. Investigating population differentiation around a locus that strongly differentiates two otherwise genetically similar populations of the marine mussel Mytilus edulis, plausible evidence for the global hitchhiking hypothesis has been obtained. Global hitchhiking is a neglected phenomenon that might prove to be important in species with large population sizes such as many marine invertebrates.

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