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Scientists Sequence Endangered Tasmanian Devil's Genome

Jul 11, 2011

A revolutionary species-preservation approach based on whole-genome analyses of two Tasmanian devils — one that had died of a contagious cancer known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) and one healthy animal — has been used to develop a theoretical model to predict which individuals would need to be kept in captivity to maximize chances of preserving enough genetic diversity for the species to survive.

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Additional information about the team's research is posted at the project website, http://tasmaniandevil.psu.edu