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Conservation Genetics in the Age of Genomics George Amato

Conservation Genetics in the Age of Genomics

George Amato

Published January 1st 2010
ISBN : 9781280597947
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265 pages
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Genome sequencing enables scientists to study genes over time and to test the genetic variability of any form of life, from bacteria to mammals. Thanks to advances in molecular genetics, scientists can now determine an animals degree of inbreedingMoreGenome sequencing enables scientists to study genes over time and to test the genetic variability of any form of life, from bacteria to mammals. Thanks to advances in molecular genetics, scientists can now determine an animals degree of inbreeding or compare genetic variation of a captive species to wild or natural populations. Mapping an organisms genetic makeup recasts such terms as biodiversity and species and enables the conservation of rare or threatened species, populations, and genes.By introducing a new paradigm for studying and preserving life at a variety of levels, genomics offers solutions to previously intractable problems in understanding the biology of complex organisms and creates new tools for preserving the patterns and processes of life on this planet. Featuring a number of high-profile researchers, this volume introduces the use of molecular genetics in conservation biology and provides a historical perspective on the opportunities and challenges presented by new technologies. It discusses zoo-, museum-, and herbarium-based biological collections, which have expanded over the past decade, and covers the promises and problems of genomic and reproductive technology. The collection concludes with the philosophical and legal issues of conservation genetics and their potential effects on public policy.