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- Knafler, Gabrielle J.; Jamieson, Ian G.
- Conservation genetics resources 2014 v.6 no.1 pp. 37-39
- Beak and feather disease virus, etc ; Psittaciformes; captive animals; emerging diseases; exons; immunity; loci; major genes; major histocompatibility complex; parakeets; parrots; risk; trade; New Zealand; Show all 14 Subjects
- ... Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are widely used to investigate evolutionary processes as they are essential for the adaptive immune response of vertebrates. The characterization of MHC loci, although generally abundant within birds, is mostly lacking in the Psittaciformes (the parrots). Because they are among the most threatened groups of birds and are regularly kept in captivi ...