Data from: Heterozygosity-fitness correlations in zebra finches: microsatellite markers can be better than their reputation

Wolfgang Forstmeier, Holger Schielzeth, Jakob C. Mueller, Hans Ellegren & Bart Kempenaers
Numerous studies have reported associations between heterozygosity in microsatellite markers and fitness-related traits (heterozygosity-fitness correlations, HFCs). However, it has often been questioned whether HFCs reflect general inbreeding depression, because a small panel of microsatellite markers does not reflect very well an individual’s inbreeding coefficient (F) as calculated from a pedigree. Here we challenge this prevailing view. Due to chance events during Mendelian segregation, an individual’s realized proportion of the genome that is identical by descent...
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