Understanding Evolution: your one-stop source for information on evolution
Resource library Teaching materials Evolution 101
 
EVOLUTION 101

Introduction

Patterns

Mechanisms

Microevolution

Speciation

Macroevolution

The big issues

en Espanol en Español     print print

Gene flow

Gene flow — also called migration — is any movement of genes from one population to another. Gene flow includes lots of different kinds of events, such as pollen being blown to a new destination or people moving to new cities or countries. If genes are carried to a population where those genes previously did not exist, gene flow can be a very important source of genetic variation. In the graphic below, the gene for brown coloration moves from one population to another.

Gene flow in beetle populations



previous
The causes of mutations

  next
Sex and genetic shuffling


Mechanisms
page 8 of 22
previous | next  >


More details
Read more about the details of gene flow.