Latest Inbreeding Stories
In a new study, an international team of researchers has investigated the genetic diversity of the koala population and found through both historical and modern samples that the species has had a relatively low level of diversity for the past 120 years.
In what could be the ultimate act of feminism, wild female North American pit vipers have been shown to give birth without mating.
In what should have been a happy occasion, the celebration of twin mountain lions’ birth, officials with the National Park Service were tempered by the discovery that two kittens -- a male and female -- are the second documented case of inbreeding at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
By mating with nearly 100 males, queen bees on isolated islands avoid inbreeding and keep colonies healthy.
With a 95 percent genomic similarity to humans, mice have long been used to learn about the genetic causes of human disease.
In order to breed new varieties of corn with a higher yield faster than ever before, researchers at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, and other institutions are relying on a trick: early selection of the most promising parent plants based on their chemical and genetic makeup, as well as on new statistical analysis procedures.
A new National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study has raised concerns that killer whales in the Puget Sound could be facing a loss of genetic diversity due to inbreeding.
New research has found that in urban fox families, the mothers are the ones who decide which cubs stay and which must leave.
A research team led by Teh-hui Kao, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, in collaboration with a team lead by Professor Seiji Takayama at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan, has discovered a large suite of genes in the petunia plant that acts to prevent it from breeding with itself or with its close relatives, and to promote breeding with unrelated individuals.
Fewer males than females are surviving the negative effects of inbreeding in a reintroduced population of a rare New Zealand bird.
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