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Wild Genomes: Conservation Genomics Of New Zealand’s Largest Flightless Rail

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This post is written by Dr. Lara Urban, PI for the takahē project, as part of our Wild Genomes banking and sequencing program. Fieldwork to count the number of wild takahē takes place in the remote Murchison Mountains where the species was rediscovered in 1948. A blood sample is taken from the takahē chick “Kohika.”  Her DNA will serve as the basis of the reference genome. Kohika means "ancestor" in Māori, a name that acknowledges her important role in the conservation of the entire species. A party of juvenile takahē. Blood samples of the 84 to-be-sequenced individuals were collected in...
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