UH Hilo’s newest Biology faculty member, Dr. Jolene Sutton, sequences rare Hawaiian crow’s genome that will assist in conservation efforts

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9:52pm by

“In collaboration with PacBio, scientists at San Diego Zoo Global and the University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo have fully sequenced the genome of the ‘Alalā, or Hawaiian crow and shared the results of this effort at the recent annual Plant and Animal Genomics XXIV Conference in San Diego. The ʻAlalā was once reduced to a population of about 20 birds, and the sequencing of the species’ genome will be important to track any genetic challenges that may occur due to the reduced genetic diversity now seen in the species.” – Zoological Society of San Diego.

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Photo credit: San Diego Zoo