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Only variations that confer an advantage to an individual organism will survive in a population. Do you agree with this statement ? Why or why not ?

Only variations that confer an advantage to an individual organism will survive in a population. Do you agree with this statement ? Why or why not ?

Grade:12th pass

1 Answers

Pawan Prajapati
askIITians Faculty 6228 Points
2 months ago
No, many of the times the variations are not advantageous to an individual organism but still survive in a population, e.g., take the case of free ear lobe and attached ear lobe. Most of the other variations not only give survival advantage to an individual but also contribute to genetic drift. Thus, we can say that most of the variations lead to better adaptation of an organism to the changing environment. In this way, it gives survival advantage to that organism and will also survive in the coming population.

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