Although placid enough to be managed by people, yaks are robust enough to survive at an altitude of 4,000 m. Genomic analyses by researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich, Germany, show that yak domestication began several millennia ago and was promoted by repeated crosses with cattle.
The first systematic, genome-wide comparison of the genetic heritage of yaks and cattle shows that about 1.5% of the genome of Mongolian yaks is derived from domesticated cattle. Wh
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