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Tasmanian devil genomes offer some hope, few answers

Two new sets of genetic blueprints offer no clues to stopping population's cancer epidemic but do reveal stable, if low, genetic diversity

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6:16pm, June 27, 2011

Two new complete sets of Tasmanian devil genetic blueprints hold some good news and bad news for the species. The bad news is that the marsupial’s genetic diversity is among the lowest known for any species. The good news is that the devil’s low diversity has a long history and may not be reason for as much concern as once thought.

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