Mountain Gorillas may survive for ages because they have Resistance to the Genetic Effects of Inbreeding

April 10, 2015 1:36 PM

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The population of mountain gorillas living in Virunga mountain range that is located on the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, dropped significantly to 253 in 1981 due to excessive hunting and destruction of their habitat, and there was worry they would become extinct within a few decades. Stakeholders then made conservation efforts headed by various conservation organizations including the Gorilla Doctors, the Rwanda Development Board, and tourists interested in seeing the gorillas: and these have bolstered the gorilla numbers in the area to 480.

Researchers have always been worried how such a small gene pool could affect the gorillas, and decided to carry out a study to know this. They found out that most of the harmful genetic variations have been completely removed from the population as a result of inbreeding, and that the mountain goril...

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