Kimura, Motoo


Motoo Kimura (1924–1994) was a Japanese population geneticist who proposed the neutral theory of molecular evolution.

Keywords: molecular evolution; neutral theory; population genetics; random genetic drift; stochastic process

Further Reading

Kimura M (1962) On the probability of fixation of mutant genes in a population. Genetics 47: 713–719.

Kimura M (1964) Diffusion models in population genetics. Journal of Applied Probability 1: 177–232.

Kimura M (1968) Evolutionary rate at the molecular level. Nature 217: 624–626.

Kimura M (1983) The Neutral Theory of Molecular Evolution. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Kimura M and Crow JF (1964) The number of alleles that can be maintained in a finite population. Genetics 49: 725–738.

King JL and Jukes TH (1969) Non‐Darwinian evolution: random fixation of selectively neutral mutations. Science 164: 788–798.

Li W‐H (1997) Molecular Evolution. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates.

Ohta T (1992) The nearly neutral theory of molecular evolution. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 23: 263–286.

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Ohta, Tomoko(Jul 2006) Kimura, Motoo. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005307]