Ecology and Evolution
Across species, diversity at the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is critical to individual disease resistance and, hence, to population health; however, MHC diversity can be reduced in small, fragmented, or isolated populations. Given the need for comparative studies of functional genetic diversity, we investigated whether MHC diversity differs between populations which are open, that is experiencing gene flow, versus populations which are closed, that is isolated from other populations. Using the endangered ring-tailed lemur (
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Grogan, Kathleen E; Sauther, Michelle L; Cuozzo, Frank P; and Drea, Christine M, "Genetic wealth, population health: Major histocompatibility complex variation in captive and wild ring-tailed lemurs (" (2017). Anthropology Faculty Contributions. 14.