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Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015

There is new science underway that may even allow unknown lineage animals an opportunity to become more valuable.. All ‘genetics’ management is currently pedigree based management—knowing who mom and dad are, grandma and grandpa, etc. But with the growing knowledge base of genomics, we may be able to determine how genetically different an animal is to the group and even without knowing his lineage, he can be critical to the population because he is known to have a rare allele, or possibly some gene that isn’t well represented in the current population. This information will be invaluable to the captive managers of endangered and threatened species. Managers will be able to determine the best animals within their herds, as well as animals that might be better suited to go into other herds, thus improving those herds as well. KC THE AUTHOR Kristen Culp BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015 75


Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015
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