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Cheetah bottleneck

Dorothy Klein dklein at pluto.njcc.com
Wed Mar 13 14:48:44 EST 1996

Susan Jane Hogarth <sjhogart at unity.ncsu.edu> writes:
>I've heard "somewhere" that Cheetahs were thought to have gone through a
>genetic "bottleneck" a long time before humans could possibly have been
>responsible. Now I'm involved in a dispute over whether human activity

Could be:
Menotti-Raymond,M, and O'Brien, S.J.  1993.  Dating the genetic bottleneck
of the African cheetah.  Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 90(8):3172+  (April 15 issue)

>has had a negative impact on Cheetah populations. I was under the
>impression that they were "doomed" genetically, and were sitting ducks
>for the first infection which targeted their surviving genotype. I know
>that humans are working to help Cheetahs through captive breeding.

Should be some good refs on the PNAS paper, and Science Citation Index
cites to it for more modern literature.

Dorothy Klein, Ph.D.

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