North India to get DNA bank for wildlife

North India will soon get its first DNA bank for wildlife. Scientists at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly are in the process of collecting the DNA samples of all kinds of wildlife to set up the bank.It is expected to help in wildlife research and also bring down poaching.According to principal scientist and in-charge of the Centre for Wildlife, IVRI, Anil Kumar Sharma, scientists have been so far been able to collect about 140 samples of 25 wild animals. The DNA bank is expected to start from this year end.Mr. Sharma told The Hindu on phone from Bareilly: “We are making a baseline data of different wild animals. Every time we receive some identified specimen, viscera, skin, part of the body of an animal from either the forest department or zoo, we take out the DNA.”

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