DNA and identifications

Anita Cholewa anita at MOZART.CBS.UMN.EDU
Fri Jan 15 11:28:59 CST 1999


To the gene jocks out there,
Question that came up recently and is beyond my
expertise... if you had a piece of plant could you
identify it to species just by DNA-type analyses?
The only information you would have is that the
piece was from a plant but you had nothing further, no
locality, no data on genus or family or even if gymnosperm
of angiosperm. (I am fully aware that once you know what
species you can identify the indivudual from whence the
piece came.) I was told there is a lab in Arizona that can
do this type of ground zero identification but haven't found
anything on the web. Anyone know about this lab?
ANITA

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