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SUCCESS

A revolution in

wildlife forensics

The Universal Primer Technology establishes the identity of a poached species, helping significantly reduce crime against animals

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ver the years, there has been a biochemical markers remain intact in tiny, systematic decimation of our precious mutilated confiscated remains of a poached animal. wildlife due to habitat destruction and In March 2001, Dr Sunil Kumar Verma and poaching. One way to deal Dr Lalji Singh from the Centre for with this never-ending problem is to Cellular and Molecular Biology Traditionally, identify whether confiscated samples (CCMB) invented the Universal wildlife belong to an endangered/ protected Primer Technology. “It can establish inspectors have species so that every wildlife crime is whether the source of any confiscated depended on detected objectively and accurately. biological sample such as a drop of morphological Traditionally, wildlife inspectors blood or a bunch of hair is that of features depended on morphological features a human or an animal. Since this and rarely on biochemical markers technique is applicable to a vast range to predict the species identity of a seized animal of animal species in a universal manner, this sample. Practically, it is rare that is an ultimate solution for wildlife a morphological feature or forensics,� says Dr Verma.

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