Inbreeding depresses immune response insong sparrows (Melospiza melodia): directand inter-generational effects

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) Science Article 3

abstract

A thorough knowledge of relationships between host genotype and immunity to parasitic infection isrequired to understand parasite-mediated mechanisms of genetic and population change. It has beensuggested that immunity may decline with inbreeding.

Jane M. Reid et al, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B (2003) 270, 2151-2157

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