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Winn McArthur 4/10/2019 Conservation Clues? Wildlife detectives with the goal to protect endangered species have long been faced with the near impossible task of collecting DNA samples extremely rare animals. Researchers at Stanford and the National Centre for Biological Sciences at India’s Tata Institute of Fundamental Research have been working on a method for extracting genetic clues. The catch is it must be done fast and cheap and made from scrap materials like feces, skin or saliva. These can also be found in food products suspected of feeding endangered animals. The proof of existence could revolutionize conservation strategies and policies around the world. “It’s CSI meets conservation biology,” said author Dmitri Petrov, the Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor. The threat of
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