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How big data could save aquatic species

from The Christian Science Monitor

The US Forest Service announced what is perhaps its loftiest conservation goal ever: to map every aquatic animal in the Western states. By next summer, the department hopes to release the first-ever Aquatic Environmental DNA Atlas. Using new DNA testing technology, researchers plan to comb rivers and streams for the genetic material of every otter, salmon, and water bug west of the Mississippi. The resulting biodiversity map, cataloging thousands of species by population boundary, would be a public resource. more


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