Genetic Load

Abstract

A genome never reaches its perfect, optimal state: the shortfall between its current state and its theoretical optimum is called the organism's ‘genetic load’. This load is primarily attributed to mutations, and to sexual recombination breaking apart beneficial combinations of genes.

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Hastings, Ian M(Jul 2006) Genetic Load. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005445]