Genomic data from the polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

B Li, G Zhang, E Willersleve, J Wang & J Wang
The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is one of the largest land carnivores, second only to the Alaskan brown bear. In an effort to adapt to the extremely cold Arctic environment, it has evolved many unique characteristics. However, ecological pressures pose a grave threat to the survival of polar bears. The polar bear genome provides significant contributions to research concerning evolution, biodiversity and climate change. In 2010, the BGI completed the first draft of the genome...