Tigers need diverse gene pool to outlive


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New research shows that increasing genetic diversity among the 3, 000 or so tigers left on the planet, though interbreeding and other methods, may be the key to their survival as a species.


“ Since genetic variability may be the raw material for future advancement, our results suggest that without interbreeding subpopulations of tigers, the hereditary future for tigers is not practical, ” says Uma Ramakrishnan, a former Stanford postdoctoral scholar in the field of biology and current researcher at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India.

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