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Genetics Research Verifies Purity of the Mexican Wolf

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:00 PM by chloe owens

6/21/18, by Stacy Pigott, University of Arizona Phys.Org

Genetics research verifies purity of the Mexican wolf

As technologies advance, genetic research is playing an increasingly important role in informing decisions about the conservation of threatened and endangered species…Are the genetics pure, or had the Mexican wolf, on its path to near-extinction, cross-bred with domestic dogs?... Fitak's dissertation and subsequent research led to the recent publication of "Genome-Wide Analysis of SNPs Is Consistent With No Domestic Dog Ancestry in the Endangered Mexican Wolf" in the Journal of Heredity. Fitak, who now works for Duke University in the Department of Biology, was lead author on the paper that included Sarah Rinkevich, a UA alumna and endangered-species biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Culver, a U.S. Geological Survey geneticist at the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an associate in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' School of Natural Resources and the Environment.