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From: Robert Davenport <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Back Mutation and Parallel Mutation
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2005 13:07:12 -0700
I thought perhaps there was a "rubber band" effect, in which there was a
greater probability that it might "spring back" to its original marker
value, then to mutate in a different direction?
At 12:54 PM 7/1/2005, you wrote:
> > My understanding of backmutations is that they are supposed to be
> > approximately half as frequent as forward mutations.
>There is no "backward" or "forward" except in terms of the starting
>mutation, whatever it was. If we neglect the up-down bias, then
>backward and forward mutations should have exactly equal probability.
>Even if we include the up-down bias, it enters only at second order
>into the forward-backward bias. For example, suppose the marker in
>question has a probability of 55% of mutating +1 and 45% -1 -- if
>there is a second mutation on the same marker (with the same bias),
>then the likelihood of the two mutations being in the same direction
> John Chandler
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