The use of frozen semen to minimize inbreeding in small populations.

  title={The use of frozen semen to minimize inbreeding in small populations.},
  author={Anna K Sonesson and M. E. Goddard and Theo H. E. Meuwissen},
  journal={Genetical research},
  volume={80 1},
In this study, we compared the average coancestry and inbreeding levels for two genetic conservation schemes in which frozen semen from a gene bank is used to reduce the inbreeding in a live population. For a simple scheme in which only semen of generation-0 (G0) sires is used, the level of inbreeding asymptotes to 1/(2N), where N is the number of newborn sires in the base generation and rate of inbreeding goes to zero. However, when only sires of G0 are selected, all genes will eventually… CONTINUE READING
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