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The Genetic Benefits of Mating Outside Your (Group)

Painting of Charles V, Bernard van Orley (circa 1515–1516)

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Written by: m.wilson

When individuals tend to mate within a particular ‘group,’ it increases the likelihood that the recessive genes of the ‘founders’ will (activate) – interact with each other and develop within the couple’s offspring. The founder effect is enhanced when a fraction of that group changes locale, because the potential for these recessive genes meeting up increases. Basically, there is less competition in the area so these recessive genes are being hired for all the work…

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