Consanguineous marriages and endemic malaria: can inbreeding increase population fitness?

  title={Consanguineous marriages and endemic malaria: can inbreeding increase population fitness?},
  author={Srdjan Denic and Nico J. D. Nagelkerke and Mukesh Agarwal},
  journal={Malaria Journal},
  pages={150 - 150}
The practice of consanguineous marriages is widespread in countries with endemic malaria. In these regions, consanguinity increases the prevalence of α+-thalassemia, which is protective against malaria. However, it also causes an excessive mortality amongst the offspring due to an increase in homozygosis of recessive lethal alleles. The aim of this study was to explore the overall effects of inbreeding on the fitness of a population infested with malaria. In a stochastic computer model of… CONTINUE READING
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