Scientists Map DNA of Endangered Mountain Gorillas

April 9, 2015 6:00 PM

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THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first mapping of the DNA of mountain gorillas offers some positive news about the endangered animals, researchers report.

The number of mountain gorillas in Africa's Virunga mountain range fell to about 253 in 1981 due to hunting and habitat destruction, but has since grown to almost 500 as a result of conservation measures, the new report reveals.

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