Reproductive and genetic consequences of founding isolated lion populations

  title={Reproductive and genetic consequences of founding isolated lion populations},
  author={David E. Wildt and Mitchell E. Bush and Karen L. Goodrowe and Craig Packer and Anne E Pusey and Jerram L. Brown and P. Joslin and Stephen J. O'Brien},
Species survival is critically dependent on reproductive performance, a complex physiological process under rigorous genetic control. Classical studies of inbreeding in laboratory animals and livestock have shown that increased homozygosity can adversely affect spermatogenesis, ovulation and perinatal mortality and morbidity1–3. For wild populations, the consequences of inbreeding depression have not been examined intensively, although our recent studies of the African cheetah revealed a… CONTINUE READING
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