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Time to Get Real: Investigating Potential Beneficial Genetic Aspects of Consanguinity

Bittles, A.H. (2011) Time to Get Real: Investigating Potential Beneficial Genetic Aspects of Consanguinity. Public Health Genomics, 14 (3). pp. 169-171.

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Abstract

The extensive and well-documented application of close genetic crosses in animal and plant breeding has amply demonstrated that, from a biological perspective, inbreeding is not necessarily detrimental, although a substantial price may have to be paid with respect to reduced viability and vigor in some progeny. However, in terms of specific phenotypic characteristics, and as long as the intensity of inbreeding does not become excessive, the benefits of selecting for specific recessive traits can outweigh the disadvantages.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Comparative Genomics
Publisher: Karger
Notes: Commentary
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/4457
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