Biomeme and Smith-Root featured in Methods.blog

Biomeme and Smith-Root have been featured in Methods.blog, the official blog of Methods in Ecology and Evolution, "a journal promoting the development of new methods in ecology and evolution, and facilitating their dissemination and uptake by the research community." The following is an excerpt from the post, written by Tracie Seimon, Ph.D. and posted by Chris Grieves. 

In recent years, there have been a lot of studies on the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) for species detection and monitoring. This method takes advantage of the fact that organisms shed DNA into the environment in the form of urine, feces, or cells from tissue such as skin. As this DNA stays in the environment, we can use molecular techniques to search for traces of it. By doing this, we can determine if a species lives in a particular place.

At the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), we’re integrating and using the ANDe system in combination with ultra-portable qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction) and DNA extraction technologies developed by Biomeme Inc. for eDNA capture and species detection of endangered turtles, and other aquatic organisms. This helps us to better monitor species within our global conservation programs.

To learn more about the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) read A Guide to Environmental DNA (eDNA). Biomeme strives to put the power of biological water analysis into the hands of the common person and decision makers on the ground, enabling them to make evaluations in real time and at the point of need. Such an innovation will fundamentally change the way we monitor and report water quality.

To read the full post published on Methods.blog, click here.

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