Inbred royals show traces of natural selection

@article{Callaway2013InbredRS,
  title={Inbred royals show traces of natural selection},
  author={Ewen Callaway},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2013}
}
  • E. Callaway
  • Published 19 April 2013
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Nature
Study suggests the Spanish Habsburgs evolved to mute the effects of inbreeding, but other geneticists are unconvinced. 
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