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November 15, 2020 - Animal Ethics

The potential to reduce the suffering of animals in the wild using eDNA sampling

The potential to reduce the suffering of animals in the wild using eDNA sampling
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Animals living in the wild suffer for a number of reasons including hunger, predation, and disease. There is a lack of consideration and care for animals living in the wild, despite their ability to suffer the same as domesticated animals and human beings. Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling is a noninvasive research technique that can be used to learn more about animals living in the wild, such as whether they are suffering from a particular disease. This information could be used in the future to help animals when they are in need.

eDNA is defined as the DNA that an animal leaves behind in their environment. Common forms of eDNA include hair, feathers, and feces, while less common forms of eDNA include snail trails and scent marks.

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