Limited MHC polymorphism in the southern elephant seal: implications for MHC evolution and marine mammal population biology.

@article{Slade1992LimitedMP,
  title={Limited MHC polymorphism in the southern elephant seal: implications for MHC evolution and marine mammal population biology.},
  author={Robert W. Slade},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={1992},
  volume={249 1325},
  pages={163-71}
}
Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are highly polymorphic in most terrestrial mammal populations so far studied. Exceptions to this are typically populations that lack genome-wide diversity. Here I show that two populations of the southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) have low DNA restriction fragment length polymorphism at MHC loci when compared with terrestrial mammals. Limited studies on MHC polymorphism in two cetacean species suggest this is a feature of marine mammal… CONTINUE READING

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