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Dr. Graham L. Banes

Dr Graham L Banes is an Associate Scientist in the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center at the University of Wisconsin–⁠Madison. Work in his research group combines field, genomic and computational approaches to understand the effects of human intervention in otherwise natural evolutionary processes.

 

Though orang-utans have long been his primary focus, Graham turned to sloths in 2018 to assist the Xenarthran SSP with molecular sexing. He and his students determined that the 'gold standard' assay for sexing sloths produces false-positive male results in many individuals. They are now working to design a new test, while developing other studies on sloth phylogenetics.