Biology as Poetry: Genetics

Bacteriophage Ecology Group

Hybrid Vigor

Increased abilities among offspring, seen especially when otherwise inbred individuals are crossed with less-related individuals.

Also known as heterosis, hybrid vigor is seen particularly in agriculture, e.g., hybrid plants, but also is relevant to the selection of pets (since pure-bred individuals in many cases can be less physically robust than "mutts"). See also heterozygous advantage.

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