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Genetic burden

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Genetic burden

The genetic debt due to harmful mutation but as yet undischarged. (in a large population of fixed size every mutation with diminished genetic fitness will eventually become extinct and depending on the details of inheritance and phenotype must be paid for by a fixed number of genetic deaths per mutation, the genetic debt.)