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Classification of genetic load

Marzanova, Saida N., Devrishov, Davud A., Turbina, Irina S., Marzanov, Nurbiy S., Griffin, Darren K., Romanov, Michael N. (2023) Classification of genetic load. . MDPI, Basel, Switzerland Encyclopedia (online), Entry 43363. (KAR id:101042)

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The term “genetic load” refers to the accumulation of lethal and sublethal harmful mutations that significantly reduce an individual’s viability or result in their death when the mutation enters a homozygous state. Each type of genetic load in farm animals correlates with a certain type of natural or artificial selection in them. In animal husbandry, four types of genetic load are generally distinguished: mutation, immigration, segregation, and substitution.

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Additional information: Encyclopedia Entry 43363. This entry is adapted from
Uncontrolled keywords: breeds; dairy cattle; mutations; alleles; genetic-load; agriculture; dairy & animal science
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Reproduction
Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Biosciences
Signature Themes: Food Systems, Natural Resources and Environment
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Mike Romanov
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2023 09:21 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2023 13:53 UTC
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