Most Complete Giant Panda Genetic History Revealed

A research team, led by the Institute of Zoology of Chinese Academy of Sciences and BGI Shenzhen presented the most complete reconstruction of the giant panda’s genetic history to date in the journal Nature Genetics.  The whole genome resequencing of 34 wild giant pandas produced genetic evidence of the previous resistance of panda ancestors to climate variations and indicates that human encroachment and genetic adaptation have played the majority role in the present endangered state of the giant panda.

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