Rhino DNA Bank Aids Anti-Poaching Fight
News Jul 22, 2016
This will help police and wildlife investigators link poachers to crime scenes, leading to more convicted poachers and fewer rhino's poached in Southern Africa.
Known as RhODIS (Rhino DNA Indexing System), this database stores a unique genetic fingerprint for every rhino that has been sampled. The concept is based on the Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS) used by American law enforcement to store the genetic fingerprints of humans.
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Gene Expression Patterns Can Determine Time of DeathNews
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