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ISB

Institute for Systems Biology

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ASBMB

American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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RFLP

Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism

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RFLP

Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism

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EMBO

European Molecular Biology Organization

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SNP

Single Nucleotide Polymorphism

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SNP

Single Nucleotide Polymorphism

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MCB

Molecular and Cellular Biology

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MCB

Molecular and Cellular Biology

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EMBL

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

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FASEB

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

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FASEB

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

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MCB

Molecular and Cell Biology

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ASCB

American Society for Cell Biology

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ASCB

American Society for Cell Biology

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SICB

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

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SSCP

Single Strand Conformational Polymorphism

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ISMB

Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology

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SCB

Society for Conservation Biology.

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IUBMB

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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NABT

National Association of Biology Teachers

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EMBO

European Molecular Biology Organisation

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FASEB

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

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RECOMB

Conference on Computational Molecular Biology

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OEB

Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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What does polymorphism (biology) mean?

Polymorphism (biology)
Polymorphism in biology occurs when two or more clearly different phenotypes exist in the same population of a species — in other words, the occurrence of more than one form or morph. In order to be classified as such, morphs must occupy the same habitat at the same time and belong to a panmictic population. Polymorphism as described here involves morphs of the phenotype. The term is also used somewhat differently by molecular biologists to describe certain point mutations in the genotype, such as SNPs. This usage is not discussed in this article. Polymorphism is common in nature; it is related to biodiversity, genetic variation and adaptation; it usually functions to retain variety of form in a population living in a varied environment. The most common example is sexual dimorphism, which occurs in many organisms. Other examples are mimetic forms of butterflies, and human hemoglobin and blood types. Polymorphism results from evolutionary processes, as does any aspect of a species. It is heritable and is modified by natural selection. In polyphenism, an individual's genetic make-up allows for different morphs, and the switch mechanism that determines which morph is shown is environmental. In genetic polymorphism, the genetic make-up determines the morph. Ants exhibit both types in a single population.

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