Tasmanian Devil: Genetic Analysis Could Preserve Future Endangered Animals

By on Jun 28, 2011 in Animals, Australia, Science Comments

Tasmanian Devil
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Researchers analyzed the genomes or genes of the endangered Tasmanian devil after several cases of facial cancer known as the Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD). DFTD has threatened to wipe out the species, according to science reports, June 27, 2011.

The research entitled: β€œGenetic Diversity and Population Structure of the Endangered Marsupial Sarcophilus Harrisii (Tasmanian Devil)” by Webb Miller et al, was conducted by analyzing 14 complete mitochondrial genomes sequences of the marsupial. The research was done on 175 Tasmanian devils.

Further reports about the research stated that the team of researchers from Australia, Denmark and the US has expressed their optimism in using the analysis of the genomes of the Tasmanian devil β€œto save other endangered animals.”

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