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DNA study: Diversity low among seals

Finding may mean mammal has reduced ability to cope with environmental changes

March 16, 2009
By HARRY EAGAR, Staff Writer

DNA analysis of almost every Hawaiian monk seal that lived during the past 25 years reveals that the animal has the lowest genetic diversity of any mammal ever studied - less even than the cheetah, the northern elephant seal and the northern hairy-nosed wombat.



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