Mountain Gorillas and Inbreeding: The Path to Extinction or Salvation?

April 10, 2015 4:30 PM

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Mountain gorillas are currently suffering from a serious inbreeding problem, and while scientists everywhere worry that this will lead them down the path to extinction, one new genetic study says that it might in fact be their salvation.

This is the first study ever to sequence whole genomes from mountain gorillas, and it is helping shed light on the impact of population decline on these critically endangered apes.

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