DNA Kit Will Track the Tiger Traders; Fighting Traffic in Wildlife
Byline: By DAVID JONES
ILLEGAL trade of animal products from endangered species such as tigers, sharks and bears could soon become easier to detect thanks to a compact test-kit being devised by Bangor-based Wildlife DNA Services.
The business is an independent genetic analysis and consultancy company providing services for wildlife conservation, wildlife crime investigation and biological research.
It has used a pounds 7,500 grant from the Welsh Development Agency's SMARTCymru programme to research its idea for an easy-to-use, field-based identification kit that can be used in the battle to combat the multi-billion pound illegal trade in wildlife.
Wildlife DNA Services project manager Dr Rob Ogden said: "Existing test methods are slow, expensive, time consuming and often impractical within the given environments.
"An alternative compact test kit that could be applied by trained enforcement officers and supplied at an affordable price to the global market would in time make a noticeable difference."
The company, at the Bio Incubator at Bangor University, approached the WDA's SMARTCymru programme two years ago to undertake a feasibility study that would allow them to investigate scientific patents, IPR and market research. …