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artificial selection


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Human intervention in animal or plant reproduction or survival to allow only individuals with desirable traits to reproduce.

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  • noun biology 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