Genetic diversity helps endangered species (and all species) by allowing for a range of traits that the species can use to adapt to its environment. The only way adaptations can happen is if the genetic “raw material” exists. The benefits of genetic diversity are most immediately apparent in the case of an endangered species when it is threatened by a new disease. Without genetic diversity a species that is vulnerable to a disease will be totally wiped out by it, but with genetic diversity some members of the species have the chance to survive.
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