Inbreeding depression

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During settlement planning, if the human population is to reproduce, careful consideration into the size of the starting population must be carried out. The size of the human population must not be too small due to the risk of Inbreeding Depression (causing genetic disorders) and it must not be too big due to the risk of overpopulation (causing lack of food/resources).

Possible solutions

  • To achieve large genetic diversity a possible solution is to bring a few adult colonists and many fertilized human eggs to Mars. This gives an opportunity to build a big community on Mars with a comparatively small transport effort.
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