It's common, especially in relation to post-Apocalyptic conditions, for books and films to refer to breeding programmes whose purpose is to enable a tiny human population to grow. But has anyone ever planned out a detailed programme, rather than just making general statements? I'm talking about making a list of all the males and females, including their ages and relatednesses, and timetabling "coupling" to maximise the production of new people. Concepts like choice and romance go out of the window, as the survivors of the Apocalypse repopulate the Earth, ever mindful of the need to avoid the genetic defects that would arise if people too closely related were to couple. And even more mindful of the knowledge that too low a rate of reproduction could/would result in extinction. I used to be (and probably still could be) a computer scientist mainly interested in artificial evolution, and I once had the idea of a project about this topic. I wanted to produce a heuristic that would take the details of a population (i.e. the aforementioned list) and generate some actual breeding programmes. It would have to be able to update itself over time in order to take into account the details of the changing population (genders of babies born, miscarriages, deaths of adults, etc.), and on the whole I imagine it would be very hard to actualise.