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Biggest threat to tigers is their own limited gene pool

| | July 31, 2013

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The skin and bones of long-dead tigers from the days of the British Raj have helped reveal how the latest threat to the endangered species is their own DNA.

Taking DNA samples from game hunters’ trophies in the Natural History Museum and National Museum of Scotland’s collections, researchers compared these with samples from modern tigers. They found that genetic diversity among the remaining Indian tigers may be low enough to make the population unviable.

Read the full, original story here: For the endangered tiger, genetics may finish what the Raj started

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