Genomics and the future of conservation genetics

Fred W. Allendorf, Paul A. Hohenlohe, Gordon Luikart

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We will soon have complete genome sequences from thousands of species, as well as from many individuals within species. This coming explosion of information will transform our understanding of the amount, distribution and functional significance of genetic variation in natural populations. Now is a crucial time to explore the potential implications of this information revolution for conservation genetics and to recognize limitations in applying genomic tools to conservation issues. We identify and discuss those problems for which genomics will be most valuable for curbing the accelerating worldwide loss of biodiversity. We also provide guidance on which genomics tools and approaches will be most appropriate to use for different aspects of conservation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-709
Number of pages13
JournalNature Reviews Genetics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 14 2010


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