Close quar­ter cures Trans­port al­ters genes

Liv­ing close to one an­other has a health ben­e­fit

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of trans­port such as ship­ping can dis­rupt ge­netic pat­terns in ma­rine or­gan­isms over long pe­ri­ods of time. This has un­known con­se­quences for both na­tive as well as alien species. Re­searchers col­lected sam­ples from 15 lo­ca­tions on the English and French coast, and an­a­lysed their DNA to de­ter­mine how sim­i­lar pop­u­la­tions are to each other. They found a mo­saic of ge­netic pat­terns that could not be ex­plained by the in­flu­ence of nat­u­ral or an­thro­pogenic means alone.

Bi­ol­ogy Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 11

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