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artificial selection

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Human intervention in animal or plant reproduction to ensure that certain desirable traits are represented in successive generations.

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  • n. intervention by humans in the breeding of plants or animals in order to preserve selected genetic traits

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  • "Selective breeding carried out by humans to alter a population, e.g. of dogs."
    - SNPA

    March 21, 2009