Genetic variation in Asiatic lions and Indian tigers

@article{Shankaranarayanan1997GeneticVI,
  title={Genetic variation in Asiatic lions and Indian tigers},
  author={Pattabhiraman Shankaranarayanan and Margaret Beula Banerjee and Rishabh Kacker and Ramesh Kumar Aggarwal and Lalji Singh},
  journal={ELECTROPHORESIS},
  year={1997},
  volume={18}
}
Previous reports have suggested that Asiatic lions and tigers are highly inbred and exhibit very low levels of genetic variation. Our analyses on these species have shown much higher degrees of polymorphism than reported. Randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis of 38 Asiatic lions, which exist as a single population in the Gir Forest Sanctuary in India, shows an average heterozygosity of 25.82% with four primers. Sperm motility studies by our colleagues corroborate this data. In… 
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