Natural Sciences >> Integrative Biology

A Comparison Between Wild-Type and Mutated Bacteria Population Sizes

by Paige DePagter


Submitted : Fall 2013

Mutations play a significant role in the size of a population and the rate at which bacteria reproduce. We analyze the relationship between the population size of a mutated bacteria and the population size of a wild-type bacteria by setting up a ratio through analytically solving the logistic growth equation. It is determined that only the growth rate of the bacterial populations, more specifically the death rate and birth rate, plays a significant role on the growth of the population and that the bacteria population with the greatest birth rate- death rate difference will be the dominant population, and thus make up the majority of the total population.



[ Back ]

Advisors :
Gerald Hefley, Mathematics and Statistics
Gordon Fox, Integrative Biology
Suggested By :
Paige DePagter