Research could improve breeding of endangered sea creature
Faculty scientists are mapping the genes of the endangered undulate ray, a protected species which has declined sharply in recent times.
The team is investigating the diversity of the rays’ DNA to infer how inbred individuals are. Inbreeding causes frequent still-births and shortens the lifespans of offspring.
Their data will be used to check the heritage of around 120 undulate rays in European aquariums, helping to pair up breeding adults and produce healthy offspring.
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