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Genome Biol. 2018 Sep 11;19(1):131. doi: 10.1186/s13059-018-1520-3.

Conservation of biodiversity in the genomics era.

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1
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, USA. megan.a.supple@gmail.com.
2
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, USA. bashapir@ucsc.edu.
3
UCSC Genomics Institute, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, USA. bashapir@ucsc.edu.

Abstract

"Conservation genomics" encompasses the idea that genome-scale data will improve the capacity of resource managers to protect species. Although genetic approaches have long been used in conservation research, it has only recently become tractable to generate genome-wide data at a scale that is useful for conservation. In this Review, we discuss how genome-scale data can inform species delineation in the face of admixture, facilitate evolution through the identification of adaptive alleles, and enhance evolutionary rescue based on genomic patterns of inbreeding. As genomic approaches become more widely adopted in conservation, we expect that they will have a positive impact on management and policy decisions.

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