World Turtle News, 4/29/2021
Environmental DNA – how a tool used to detect endangered wildlife ended up helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic
Enviromental DNA, or eDNA, is a powerful tool that uses trace amounts of DNA shed by animals through various ways, to detect if an animal has been in or is in a particular area. This has helped scientists locate sea turtles in the wild. But in 2020 it was repurposed to help track COVID-19, showing how scientific techniques can be used for multiple purposes.
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