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Heterogeneous effects of natural selection on the Italian newborns

  • L. A. ZONTA (a1), P. ASTOLFI (a1) and L. ULIZZI (a2)

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We have studied the impact of natural selection through stillbirth on the Italian population, taking into account the socio-economic heterogeneity of the country. The results suggest that older age at delivery and lower cultural level of the mothers, indicators of critical biological and socio-economic conditions, even at present increase stillbirth risk. Moreover, in the less favourable environment of the southern regions, selection is still sex-specific.

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Dept. of Genetics and Microbiology, via Abbiategrasso 207, 27100 PAVIA – Italy, Fax: 00 39 382 528 496. E-mail: zonta@ipvgen.unipv.it

Heterogeneous effects of natural selection on the Italian newborns

  • L. A. ZONTA (a1), P. ASTOLFI (a1) and L. ULIZZI (a2)

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