These researchers believe, along with many others, that the giant panda was destined to become extinct. Through population genetics they have found that giant pandas have extremely low genetic variability. This means that the panda isn't able to adapt well to environmental changes and mutations, if they occur. On the bright side researchers hope to find a way to increase the variation in the giant panda genome in hopes that its ever nearing extinction may either be pushed back or never happen. From what I understood of the article more scientists are looking at the giant panda demographics and hoping to find answers with different populations.
The answer to yesterdays question is your genome is .1% different than mine. All humans are about 99.9% similar.
What do you think about this reason for the possible extinction of giant pandas? Have you heard anything like this for other species?