Inbreeding and disease are factors in decline of yellow-banded bumblebee: Clues show that their immune genes are under selection, pointing to disease as a likely cause for the decline

Inbreeding and disease are factors in decline of yellow-banded bumblebee: Clues show that their immune genes are under selection, pointing to disease as a likely cause for the decline

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By sequencing the genome of the yellow-banded bumblebee, researchers have found that inbreeding and disease are likely culprits in their rapid decline in North America. This is believed to be the first time the genome of an at-risk bumblebee has been sequenced and it allows researchers to take a deeper look into the potential reason for their diminishing numbers. What they found surprised them.

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