genetic death


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genetic death

[jə¦ned·ik ′deth]
(genetics)
Preferential elimination of genotypes that are carriers of alleles that reduce the adaptive value or fitness of those genotypes.
The death of an individual without reproducing.
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they activate a genetic death program, diligently manufacturing proteins they will use to dismantle themselves.
Join the battle and help fight the disease that is the number one cause of genetic deaths in children under the age of two and affects thousands of children and their families every year.