28 Apr '11, 6pm

Scientists Track Origins of Shark Fins Using DNA "Zip Codes"

Scientists Track Origins of Shark Fins Using DNA "Zip Codes"

reports that a team of scientists led by the university's Institute for Ocean Conservation Science has figured out that dusky sharks and copper sharks -- both heavily hunted for their fins, with the dusky shark species classified as threatened by the IUCN -- have distinct populations living along different areas of coastlines. By looking closely at the "zip code" embedded in the DNA of the fin, the researchers can pinpoint from which population that shark came, and therefore get a step closer to finding out who is exploiting the species.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/scientists-track-...

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