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The cheetah, a carnivore that has the distinction of being the world's fastest land animal. Cheetahs are of genetic interest because, while most other species of cats show heterozygosity levels of 10–20%, cheetahs have levels close to zero. This high degree of homozygosity is correlated with low fecundity, high mortality of cubs, and low disease resistance.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

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