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July 2002

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Three of a Kind

Scientists in Kenya and at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland recently dispelled the long-accepted theory that Asian and African elephants are the only species in existence. Once the term “African elephant” sufficed for those creatures that forage Africa’s savannas and forests. But genetic tests show that not only are the savanna and the forest elephants far less related; they’re different enough that forest elephants have been declared a separate species.

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Mpala Research Centre, Kenya
Learn about the efforts of international researchers to preserve East Africa’s savanna and semiarid woodland habitats.

Laboratory of Genomic Diversity
Read about this National Cancer Institute laboratory’s efforts to use human and animal research in the understanding and treatment of human cancer.

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Belt, Don. “Forest Elephants,” National Geographic (February 1999), 100-113.

Milius, Susan. “Geneticists Define New Elephant Species,” Science News (September 8, 2001), 155.

Roca, Alfred L. “Genetic Evidence for Two Species of Elephant in Africa,” Science (August 24, 2001), 1473-1477.

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