Genome-Sequencing Project May Save One of the World’s Last Surviving Species of Giant Tortoise

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  • A team of researchers from the University of Zurich have made a breakthrough that could help halt the decline of the Aldabra giant tortoise.
  • They have produced a highly detailed genome sequence of more than two billion genetic letters, which will help researchers track the genetic variation of wild and captive tortoises.
  • The team has sequenced the genomes of 30 tortoises living in the wild in Madagascar and two currently homed in Zurich Zoo.

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