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    A population is all the organisms of the same group or species who live in the
    same geographical area and are capable of interbreeding.           In ecology the population of a
    certain species in a certain area is estimated using theLincoln Index. The area that is used to
    define a sexual population is such that inter-breeding is possible between any pair within the area
    and more probable than cross-breeding with individuals from other areas. Normally breeding is
    substantially more common within the area than across the border.

    In sociology, population refers to a collection of human beings. Demography is a social
    science which entails the statistical study of human populations. This article refers mainly to
    human population.


    [edit]Population      genetics
    In population genetics a sexual population is a set of organisms in which any pair of members
    can breed together. This means that they can regularly exchange gametes to produce normally-
    fertile offspring, and such a breeding group is also known therefore as a gamodeme. This also
    implies that all members belong to the same of species, such as humans. .If the gamodeme is
    very large (theoretically, approaching infinity), and all gene alleles are uniformly distributed by the
    gametes within it, the gamodeme is said to be panmictic. Under this state, allele (gamete)
    frequencies can be converted to genotype (zygote) frequencies by expanding an appropriate
    quadratic equation, as shown by Sir Ronald Fisher in his establishment of quantitative
    genetics. Unfortunately, this seldom occurs in nature : localisation of gamete exchange -
    through dispersal limitations, or preferential mating, or cataclysm, or other cause - may lead to
    small actual gamodemes which exchange gametes reasonably uniformly within themselves, but
    are virtually separated from their neighbouring gamodemes. However, there may be low
    frequencies of exchange with these neighbours. This may be viewed as the breaking up of a
    large sexual population(panmictic)into smaller overlapping sexual populations. This failure of
    panmixia leads to two important changes in overall population structure: (1).the component
    gamodemes vary (through gamete sampling) in their allele frequencies when compared with each
    other and with the theoretical panmictic original (this is known as dispersion, and its details can
    be estimated using expansion of an appropriate binomial equation); and (2). the level of
    homozygosity rises in the entire collection of gamodemes. The overall rise in homozygosity is
    quantified by the inbreeding coefficient (f or φ). Note that all homozygotes are increased in
    frequency - both the deleterious and the desirable! The mean phenotype of the gamodemes
    collection is lower than that of the panmictic "original" - which is known as inbreeding
    depression. It is most important to note, however, that some dispersion lines will be superior to
    the panmictic original, while some will be about the same, and some will be inferior. The
    probabilities of each can be estimated from those binomial equations. In plant and animal
    breeding, procedures have been developed which deliberately utilise the effects of dispersion
    (such as line breeding, pure-line breeding, back-crossing). It can be shown that dispersion-
assisted selection leads to the greatest genetic advance (ΔG = change in the phenotypic
mean), and is much more powerful than selection acting without attendant dispersion. This is so
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for both allogamous (random fertilization) and autogamous (self-fertilization) gamodemes

[edit]World    human population
Main article: World population
As of today's date, the world population is estimated by the United States Census Bureau to be
7.065 billion. The US Census Bureau estimates the 7 billion number was surpassed on 12
March 2012. According to a separate estimate by the United Nations, Earth’s population
exceeded seven billion in October 2011, a milestone that offers unprecedented challenges and
opportunities to all of humanity, according to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

According to papers published by the United States Census Bureau, the world population hit 6.5
billion (6,500,000,000) on 24 February 2006. The United Nations Population Funddesignated 12
October 1999 as the approximate day on which world population reached 6 billion. This was
about 12 years after world population reached 5 billion in 1987, and 6 years after world population
reached 5.5 billion in 1993. The population of some          countries, such as Nigeria, is not even
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known to the nearest million, so there is a considerable margin of error in such estimates.

Researcher, Carl Haub, calculated that a total of over 100 billion people have probably been born
in the last 2000 years.

[edit]Predicted    growth and decline
Main article: Population growth
Population growth increased significantly as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace from 1700
onwards. The last 50 years have seen a yet more rapid increase in the rate of population
growth due to medical advances and substantial increases in agricultural productivity,
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particularly beginning in the 1960s, made by the Green Revolution. In 2007 the United
Nations Population Division projected that the world's population will likely surpass 10 billion in
In the future, world population has been expected to reach a peak of growth , there it will
decline due to economic reasons, health concerns, land exhaustion and environmental hazards.
According to one report, it is very likely that the world's population will stop growing before the
end of the 21st century. Further, there is some likelihood that population will actually decline
before 2100. Population has already declined in the last decade or two in Eastern Europe, the
Baltics and in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The population pattern of less-developed regions of the world in recent years has been marked
by gradually declining birth rates. These followed an earlier sharp reduction in death rates. This
transition from high birth and death rates to low birth and death rates is often referred to as
thedemographic transition.

Main article: Human population control
Human population control is the practice of artificially altering the rate of growth of a human
population. Historically, human population control has been implemented by limiting the
population's birth rate, usually by government mandate, and has been undertaken as a response
to factors including high or increasing levels of poverty, environmental concerns,religious
reasons, and overpopulation. While population control can involve measures that improve
people's lives by giving them greater control of their reproduction, some programs have exposed
them to exploitation.

Worldwide, the population control movement was active throughout the 1960s and 1970s, driving
many reproductive health and family planning programs. In the 1980s, tension grew between
population control advocates and women's health activists who advanced women's reproductive
rights as part of a human rights-based approach. Growing opposition to the narrow population
control focus led to a significant change in population control policies in the early 1990s.

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