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Genetics as a tool for the conservation of plants and animals

Dr. Sankar Subramanian discusses how genetics can be used as a tool for the conservation of plants and animals.

In this video, you will learn about the causes of the extinction of plants and animals, including natural and human-induced factors. The steps in the process of extinction, such as reduction in population size and inbreeding, will be explained. Next, some of the fundamentals of genetics are introduced. You will then discover how we can use them to measure the diversity in a population of a species. Finally, you will learn that genetic diversity is related to the size of the population, and that this knowledge can be used to monitor the decline (or increase) in the number of individuals in a population of any species.

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