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UW researchers find low genetic diversity in inbred domestic ferrets


November 8, 2017

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UW researchers Kyle Gustafson and Holly Ernest were primary contributors to a paper -- about how pet domestic ferrets are inbred and have low genetic diversity -- that recently appeared in the online journal Evolutionary Applications.

LARAMIE - University of Wyoming researchers studied inbred domestic ferrets and determined the mammals have low genetic diversity on a global scale, according to a paper recently published in Evolutionary Applications.

This type of domestication can result in only a few individuals contributing to the gene pool of the domestic species, followed by a further reduction in genetic diversity when animals are bred for human-desired traits. Without genetic diversity, animals are at risk of genetic disorders and disease.

"Low genetic diversity in ferrets has incredibly important implications, beca...

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