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What is the basis of inbreeding depression?


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September 18, 2011 1:32AM

Inbreeding depression is the reduced fitness of a population caused by inbreeding.

Inbreeding reduces genetic diversity, meaning populations are less genetically adaptable - and greatly increases the chances of genetic diseases and disorders. Inbreeding is most commonly associated with reduced reproductive and viability traits.