Good news for giant pandas

High genetic diversity in animal's immune system could lead to better breeding

By Ashley Yeager, 17:11 PM October 21, 2013

Giant pandas may be better at adapting to environmental stress than scientists thought.

Sheng-Guo Fang of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China looked at genes that evolve in response to environmental pressures in the animal’s immune system and found that the markers had greater genetic diversity compared to similar genes in other endangered species.

The results, which appear October 22 in BMC Evolutionary Biology, could help scientists select the giant panda populations that would lead to the...

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