Comment on “Individual heterozygosity predicts translocation success in threatened desert tortoises”

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Abstract

Scott et al. (Reports, 27 November 2020, p. 1086) bring much-needed attention to species conservation by demonstrating heterozygote superiority among translocated tortoises. However, we believe that their recommended heterozygosity decision rule risks taking conservation genomics backward. We argue that their advice could misguide conservation management aimed at establishing viable populations, and that it can be improved by also assessing the genetic load.

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  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of East Anglia
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  • Evolutionary Biology
Original languageEnglish
Article number1105
JournalScience
Volume372
Issue number6546
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun 4
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes