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2009-04-05 07:20:00

Nearly thirty gray wolves living on an island chain in northwestern Lake Superior have backbone malformations as a result of genetic inbreeding, presenting yet another hurdle for the wolves’ long-term survival, wildlife experts say.

2009-02-18 08:26:23

Promoting genetic diversity in crops is traditional practice for agriculture professionals, and with today’s technology, scientists are able to develop breeding programs with great care for the security of crops.

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2008-10-30 13:04:29

Although research has linked inbreeding with elevated rates of deformity in a wide variety of animals, a new study finds it plays no part in the high incidence of malformation among salamanders.

2008-02-07 16:02:26

Couples who are third or fourth cousins tend to have more kids and grandkids than other couples. And though considered somewhat of a cultural taboo, mating between "kissing cousins" makes good biological sense, say scientists.

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2005-08-03 15:25:00

Breaking up families can be sad, but in a new method for selecting passive livestock animals, that's a main ingredient for better long-term productivity, according to a Purdue University geneticist.

2005-06-29 21:30:00

New findings from a comparison of the long-term implications of zoo breeding programs bolster the case for so-called "maximum avoidance inbreeding," or MAI. MAI breeding programs can be costly and troublesome, even requiring the transport of animals thousands of miles in order to avoid inbreeding.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.