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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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Subjects: Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science.

Contributors: Saida N. Marzanova, Davud A. Devrishov, Irina S. Turbina, Nurbiy S. Marzanov, Darren K. Griffin, Michael N. Romanov.

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: 27 Feb 2024 12:38 UTC
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