Jun 5, 2022

Scientists produce chimp genetic map to combat trafficking

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Scientists have produced the first genetic map of chimpanzees in the wild, offering a detailed reconstruction of the endangered species’ past migrations, and a new tool to combat illegal trafficking.

The genomic catalogue, which includes 828 individuals from across their vast African range, can now be used to link kidnapped chimpanzees—or their meat and —to their place of origin within 100 kilometers.

The results of the years-long research project was published Wednesday in the journal Cell Genomics.

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