28 Apr Genome Study
(GS PAPER 3, BIOTECHNOLOGY
SOURCES- THE HINDU)
The researchers of the Centre for Palaeogenetics, Stockholm has recently showed that the populations of Sumatran Rhinoceros displayed low levels of inbreeding
About the Genome Study
- In order to monitor their inbreeding levels, the researchers had sequenced the genomes from 16 rhinos on Sumatra and Borneo region.
- The findings that the rhinos are facing low levels of inbreeding was based on this genome sequencing.
- At present the rhinos in Sumatra and Borneo are facing high genetic diversity and very low inbreeding levels.
- It is said that the low inbreeding levels are due to small population size.
- The researchers have found that the frequency of potentially harmful mutations was very high.
- This shows that closely related parents produced offspring that suffer from genetic diseases.
- Now the researchers will study the sequenced genome to estimate their inbreeding levels, frequency of potentially harmful mutations and genetic variations.