Wikipedia:WikiProject Evolutionary biology/popgenstyle

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The following are some notes for a standard population genetics style.

TeX Markup[edit]

Please familiarise yourself with TeX Markup, as we'll be using this.


Alleles should be bold. Where an allele already has a name, e.g. for sickle cell anaemia, use that. Otherwise use A and a (? but suggests dominance; is there an alternative?)

Allele frequencies[edit]

Standardly, use p and q for allele frequencies, possibly r for a third. s is unfortunately used elsewhere for .

At equilibrium, they should be represented with an ampersand hat over the top:

\hat q Allele frequency at equilibrium


The standard letter for fitness is w. Mean fitness should be represented as:

\bar w Mean fitness