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4.1.7 Exercises

  1. Write a program that will implement the mutational meltdown simulator for asexual reproduction. The main modules, which can be developed separately by different team members, are:

    To verify that your simulator is working, compare the output to a few selected entries from following table (created with and ):

    (Note: these table entries should not be compared to the values obtained from the analytical model, which was based on sexual reproduction.)

  2. In a previous exercise there is a description of how the time to extinction varies with the selection coefficient s. Use your simulator to find value of s that leads to the minimum extinction time for populations with k = 32 and r = 10.