Comment on “Individual heterozygosity predicts translocation success in threatened desert tortoises”

Hansson, Bengt, Morales, Hernán E. and Van Oosterhout, Cock (2021) Comment on “Individual heterozygosity predicts translocation success in threatened desert tortoises”. Science, 372 (6546). ISSN 0036-8075

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Abstract

Scott et al. (Reports, 27 November 2020, p. 1086) bring much-needed attention to species conservation by demonstrating heterozygote superiority among translocated tortoises. However, we believe that their recommended heterozygosity decision rule risks taking conservation genomics backward. We argue that their advice could misguide conservation management aimed at establishing viable populations, and that it can be improved by also assessing the genetic load.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 00:08
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 00:17
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80272
DOI: 10.1126/science.abh1105

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