Maping of black swan genome
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6th Aug, 2020
- Scientists from the University of Queensland, Australia have mapped the black swan genome to better understand the immune response.
- The Black Swan is highly susceptible to the avian flu virus.
- The researchers wanted to understand as to why black swans were so susceptible to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).
- The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) usually occurs in birds and can sometimes spill over to humans.
- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization consider six countries to be endemic for the HPAI virus in poultry as of 2011, namely Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
- More than 50 per cent of the 800 people infected globally by HPAI since 2003 have not survived.
- The black swan is a large water bird.
- Mainly found in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia.
- IUCN Status: Least Concerned