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From the Ted Talk by Simon Berrow: How do you save a shark you know nothing about?

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Before 2006, we had no idea of the genetic variability of basking sharks. We had no idea: Did they distinguish into different populations? Were there subpopulations? And that's very iontrmapt if you want to know what the population size is, and the status of the animals. So, Les Noble in Aberdeen kind of found this a bit ubaelebnilve, really. So he did another study using microsatellites, which is much more expensive, much more time-consuming, and to his surprise, came up with almost iteaicdnl rutsles.

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Before 2006, we had no idea of the genetic variability of basking sharks. We had no idea: Did they distinguish into different populations? Were there subpopulations? And that's very _________ if you want to know what the population size is, and the status of the animals. So, Les Noble in Aberdeen kind of found this a bit ____________, really. So he did another study using microsatellites, which is much more expensive, much more time-consuming, and to his surprise, came up with almost _________ _______.

Solution

  1. important
  2. unbelievable
  3. identical
  4. results

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Before 2006, we had no idea of the genetic variability of basking sharks. We had no idea: Did they distinguish into different populations? Were there subpopulations? And that's very important if you want to know what the population size is, and the status of the animals. So, Les Noble in Aberdeen kind of found this a bit unbelievable, really. So he did another study using microsatellites, which is much more expensive, much more time-consuming, and to his surprise, came up with almost identical results.

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