Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Three species of Aye-Ayes' genomes sequenced in conservation effort

This article discusses the work of researchers at Penn who, in conjunction with other researchers from many institutions, set about identifying population patterns in Aye-Ayes in order to better understand their population histories and glean information about Aye-Aye genomic diversity to aid in conservation efforts.  By sequencing 12 individuals from different populations, they were able to both gain a sense of the genetic diversity among the populations as well as to determine how long these populations have been independent.  Their work highlights the amount of diversity between Aye-Aye populations in Madagascar and emphasizes the importance of protecting this species.

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