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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

George and the Giant Genome

Poor old Lonesome George has finally succumbed to age, boredom, loneliness: whatever it is that carries you away at the tender age of a hundred or so if you're a Galapagos Giant Tortoise.

George was the last of the Pinta Island subspecies, so from fourteen original subspecies we're now down to ten. But all is not lost. In addition to George's attempts to mate with other subspecies (and a military helmet!) there have evidently been other episodes of inter-racial canoodling in the past, or at least that's what DNA analysis suggests. There is Pinta Island DNA out there, and by selective breeding it is hoped to recover the Pinta Island subspecies. And who knows what might be possible in vitro in years to come?

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