A high-quality reference genome assembly is an essential tool for understanding the biology of any organism. Since the genome encodes a full set of instructions for Laura’s development and maintenance, it is critical to decode this “organism blueprint” to lay a foundation for future conservation genetics studies, such as population-scale resequencing.
Once Laura’s genome is available, conservation biologists can use it as a foundation for many different studies to better understand the status of wolverine populations in Canada, the United States and other countries. These studies will help biologists understand population size and demographics, gene flow, genetic diversity and also allow biologists to monitor wolverine populations over time.
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