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Inbreeding in the woolly mammoth weakened its immune system

Inbreeding in the woolly mammoth weakened its immune system

Pressmeddelanden   •   Maj 04, 2016 13:35 CEST

The last population of the woolly mammoth went extinct after 6,000 years of isolation on Wrangel Island. A new study led by researchers at the Swedish Museum of Natural History shows that prior to the extinction, mammoths lost genetic diversity at a functionally-important immunity gene, which possibly made them more susceptible to disease.