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Expanding of The Black Footed Ferrets ( Mustela nigripes ) Genetic Diversity: A Way to Stop Population Bottlenecks From Occurring
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Abstract Through the comparison of three different studies on the loss of genetic diversity of Black- Footed Ferrets ( Mustela nigripes ) due to a population bottleneck, researchers discovered that the species have been slowly moving back towards having a good genetic diversity, but also some complications that arises with the one method of breeding the Black-Footed Ferrets ( Mustela nigripes ) in captivity. Other techniques include things such as; artificial insemination, “genetic restoration” , and Interspecies somatic cell nuclear transfer or (iSCNT) have been newly controversial tools to try and solve the issues of animals becoming extinct or populations having a loss of genetic diversity due to inbreeding of the smaller Black-Footed Ferrets ( Mustela nigripes ) populations Introduction In the 1970s, the American polecat or otherwise known as the black footed ferrets ( Mustela nigripes ) became classified as an endangered species due to the occurrence of a population bottleneck, and were believed to be extinct until 1981 when a small population of the species was discovered near Meeteetse ( Herron et al. 2018). Unfortunately in 1985, the small population of only 40 Mustela nigripes was hit with canine distemper and sylvatic plague, and 18 individuals were taken into cavity for a breeding program to stop a complete extinction while the remaining population died off. The program was successful as those responsible for the breeding program help reintroduce the black footed ferrets back into the wild as at this point, they’ve managed to establish small yet stable populations in numerous areas while expanded their resources to further grow the Mustela nigripes population larger as a way of trying to increase the species genetic diversity ( Herron et al. 2018). The extinction of the subpopulations of the Black footed ferrets ( Mustela nigripes ) caused a significant decline in genetic diversity of this species which was once widely dispersed, and furthermore a population bottleneck; a disease
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which spread through the remaining population further created an even greater decreased genetic diversity ( Wisely et al . 2002 ). I propose that if scientists continue with their way of breeding the
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  • Winter '14
  • GaryBurness
  • Population Genetics, weasel, Population bottleneck, Black-footed Ferret, Ferret, Mustela nigripes

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