"Genetic Load" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus,
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The relative amount by which the average fitness of a POPULATION is lowered, due to the presence of GENES that decrease survival, compared to the GENOTYPE with maximum or optimal fitness. (From Rieger et al., Glossary of Genetics: Classical and Molecular, 5th ed)
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