04 Jan '18, 10pm

10 top conservation tech innovations from 2017

compares DNA samples of unknown identity to reference databases using a gene carried by all animals, has transformed species identification for researchers and wildlife officials alike. The RHODIS rhino database helps identify the origin of horn material carried by poachers or traders. Similarly, barcoding of even processed market specimens can help trade officials distinguish legal from illegal species: one study found that most shark and ray products are illegal. Recent breakthroughs in portability and barcoding technology have resulted in handheld DNA analysis devices that will help officials rapidly identify species from wildlife parts on site. Such knowledge is still just one aspect of tackling wildlife crime; application of DNA results in courts of law varies across countries, in part based on the system’s presumption of guilt or innocence.

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