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Leeches are DNA bloodhounds in the jungle
Date:4/23/2012

000 nights of infrared camera trapping. Thanks to the research team, the rabbit is once again confirmed in the area.

PhD Philip Francis Thomsen, from professor Eske Willerslev's Centre for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen, performed the DNA analyses that led to the groundbreaking results.

"I was very surprised and happy when I saw the first results from the DNA analyses of the leeches. We kept finding new DNA sequences from local Vietnamese mammals, only from analysing very few leeches. The new method could become very important for gaining knowledge on threatened mammals," says PhD Philip Francis Thomsen.

"It could give us insight to which mammal species are present in a given area, including new and unknown species. The recent revolution in DNA-sequencing technology, combined with a simple but innovative idea, have made this possible," explains Philip Francis Thomsen.


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Contact: Philip Francis Thomsen
pfthomsen@snm.ku.dk
01-145-271-42046
University of Copenhagen
Source:Eurekalert

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