Evidence that pairing with genetically similar mates is maladaptive in a monogamous bird

@article{Mulard2009EvidenceTP,
  title={Evidence that pairing with genetically similar mates is maladaptive in a monogamous bird},
  author={Herv{\'e} Mulard and Etienne G. J. Danchin and Sandra L Talbot and Andrew M Ramey and Scott A. Hatch and Jo{\"e}l F White and Fabrice Helfenstein and R. Harrison Wagner},
  journal={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={9},
  pages={147 - 147}
}
Evidence of multiple genetic criteria of mate choice is accumulating in numerous taxa. In many species, females have been shown to pair with genetically dissimilar mates or with extra-pair partners that are more genetically compatible than their social mates, thereby increasing their offsprings' heterozygosity which often correlates with offspring fitness. While most studies have focused on genetically promiscuous species, few studies have addressed genetically monogamous species, in which mate… CONTINUE READING

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