Giant pandas better genetically suited to handle change than other endangered creatures

10/23/2013 | LiveScience.com

The endangered giant panda has a resilient immune system and may be able to handle environmental change better than previously thought, according to a genetic study by researchers at China's Zhejiang University. The scientists collected genetic material from 218 wild pandas from the six mountain areas where they live and found that the wild panda is more genetically diverse than other endangered species, such as the Bengal tiger and the Namibian cheetah. The data can be used help breeding programs perpetuate diversity.

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