Climate change affects the genetic diversity of a species: An analysis of the alpine marmot's genome

Climate change affects the genetic diversity of a species: An analysis of the alpine marmot's genome

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What effects does climate change have on the genetic diversity of living organisms? In a new study, researchers studied the genome of the alpine marmot. Results were unexpected: the species was found to be the least genetically diverse of any wild mammal studied to date. The alpine marmot has lost its genetic diversity during ice-age related climate events and been unable to recover its diversity since.

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