Low genetic variability in a natural alpine marmot population (Marmota marmota, Sciuridae) revealed by DNA fingerprinting.

@article{Rassmann1994LowGV,
  title={Low genetic variability in a natural alpine marmot population (Marmota marmota, Sciuridae) revealed by DNA fingerprinting.},
  author={Kornelia Rassmann and Walter Arnold and Diethard Tautz},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={1994},
  volume={3 4},
  pages={347-53}
}
Genetic heterogeneity is usually considered an important factor for the viability of a population, yet there are cases in which populations sustain themselves despite virtual homozygosity. A prior step to studying the effects of such low levels of genetic variability can be the analysis of its causes. We analysed a population of the highly social alpine marmot (Marmota marmota, Sciuridae) by multilocus DNA fingerprinting. The fingerprint patterns revealed a very low degree of polymorphism in… CONTINUE READING

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