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The Diversity of Primates: From Biomedicine to Conservation Genomics

Authors
  • Orkin, Joseph D.1
  • Kuderna, Lukas F.K.1
  • Marques-Bonet, Tomas
  • 1 I
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
Publisher
Annual Reviews
Publication Date
Feb 15, 2021
Volume
9
Pages
103–124
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-animal-061220-023138
Source
Annual Reviews
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Abstract

Until now, the field of primate genomics has focused on two major themes: understanding human evolution and advancing biomedical research. We propose that it is now time for a third theme to receive attention: conservation genomics. As a result of anthropogenic effects, the majority of primate species have become threatened with extinction. A more robust primate conservation genomics will allow for genetically informed population management. Thanks to a steady decline in the cost of sequencing, it has now become feasible to sequence whole primate genomes at the population level. Furthermore, technological advances in noninvasive genomic methods have made it possible to acquire genome-scale data from noninvasive biomaterials. Here, we review recent advances in the analysis of primate diversity, with a focus on genomic data sets across the radiation.

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