Darwin and animal breeding: Evolution applied to breeding improvements


Darwin reflected on the potential of natural selection by comparing it with the results humans have achieved with artificial selection. This paper discusses how, although the similarity between the two is evident, there are also important differences. We also present two examples of applications of evolutionary theory: the potential importance of sexual selection in transgenic fish and selection for social characteristics in the context of welfare-friendly animal breeding.


artificial selection; sexual selection; social character; animal welfare


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