Rare kakapo parrot is genetically healthy despite being very inbred

A kakapo parrot JAKE OSBORNE
An endangered flightless parrot has been saved by New Zealand's inbred population. It has had fewer harmful mutations that expected.

It could be that many of the birds affected were extinct over the last few thousand years. Love Daln, Centre for Palaeogenetics, Stockholm, Sweden, states that inbreeding is a form of inbreeding.

These findings are based on the first genome study of the Kakapo (Strigops Habroptilus).


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