Tasmanian Devil’s Genome Sequenced

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. The research helps to formulate one possible plan of action to prevent the extinction of the Tasmanian devil — a marsupial found in the wild exclusively in the Australian island-state of Tasmania. The research model also may be extended to other endangered species.

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