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High genomic diversity is good news for California condor


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The wild California condor population dropped to 22 before rescue and captive breeding allowed reintroduction into the wild. A new assembly of the complete genome of the bird reveals some inbreeding as a result, but overall high genomic diversity attesting to large populations of condors in the past, likely in the tens of thousands. Comparison to Andean condor and turkey vulture genomes reveals declines in their populations also, and lower genomic diversity than California condor.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/tMANeq28Qa8

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