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Researchers from Vanderbilt University, Clark University, and the University of Massachusetts detect diet- and environment-related copy number changes that have occurred during polar bear evolution. The team profiled copy number variants in three bear species using whole-genome sequences for 17 polar bears, nine brown bears, and two black bears.

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