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Our results indicate that the larger a population is, the less likely a detrimental characteristic is to be present. Large populations ensure that organisms have a wide array of mates to choose from, presumably the fitter ones will be more attractive to the opposite sex. This large population also ensures there is competition for resources such as food and territory, or mates so that only the most fit animal, the one that does not posses the detrimental characteristic will reproduce. When there are fewer organisms present in a population, there are fewer mates to choose from and the organism cannot choose the most fit of the population. This also ensures that closely related organisms are not forced to mate with each other. A larger population, again, provides more choice for the organism seeking a mate thus reducing the chance that they will mate with a parent or sibling.

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