Tiger genome to help big-cat conservation
PARIS (AFP) - South Korean scientists said on Tuesday they had carried out the first DNA analysis of the tiger and four other great felines in a project to help critically-endangered cats to survive.
A team led by Jong Bhak of the Personal Genomics Institute in Suwon unravelled the genome of the Amur tiger, and compared it against those of a white Bengal tiger, the African lion, a white African lion and the snow leopard.
The comparison yielded a string of genes highlighting shared characteristics among these close but distinct species.
They include common genes pointing to extreme muscle strength and an ability to metabolise a "hypercarnivorous" diet.