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Genomic sequencing: saving the unicorns

Written by Lucy Chard (Assistant Editor)

genetic variability in sumatran rhino population

Researchers have sequenced the genomes of different endangered and extinct rhinoceros to establish the genetic variability of the remaining populations in an effort to conserve them. A fact that I have been adamant about since I was young is that unicorns do exist. Real-life unicorns, such as the Sumatran rhinoceros – Dicerorhinus sumatrensis – are less glittery than the childhood depictions we all recognize, but they certainly exist. For now, at least. The Sumatran rhino is one of the most endangered mammal species in the world today, with less than 100 known individuals surviving in the wild. Due to the...

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