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Study: Panda immune system more resilient than previously understood

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New research shows giant pandas have a stronger immune system than previously known, because the panda immune system develops different antigens depending on where it lives.

This genetic diversity is a natural defense against extinction, because it means a single pathogen cannot wipe out the entire population. The study shows pandas are more genetically diverse than Bengal tigers, Namibian cheetahs and other endangered species.

Pandas have been listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's endangered species lists since 1990, but the new findings show that they might be more resilient to environmental change than researchers believed.
 
 

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