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Nova Southeastern University Researcher Part of Team Researching DNA of Tigers
Monday, March 23, 2015
Newswise — FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Tigers – they are some of nature's most beautiful, deadly and endangered species. In fact, living tigers are severely endangered in fragmented geographic areas across Asia – some reports show their numbers as low as 3,000 wild individuals. While there are efforts to help protect these magnificent creatures, more was needed in terms of research into the genetics of tigers.
Nova Southeastern University researcher Stephen O'Brien, Ph.D. was part of a team of research scientists from China, the United Kingdom, Israel, Russia and Qatar that looked at the genetic make-up of tigers. Their 10-year study, which is published online in the Journal of Heredity and will appear in the print edition May 1, 2015, describes DNA signatures for 145 individual tigers, including "voucher specimens" of tigers from verified geographic origins, including Eurasian museum specimens that represented extinct subspecies.
Full article at newswise.
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